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Wrapper (adire eleko)

Artist
Unidentified Yoruba artist
Date
mid-20th century
Material
Indigo-dyed cotton
Associated with
Western Africa and the Guinea Coast, Nigeria, Africa
Classification
Textiles
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
65 x 79 1/2 in. (165.1 x 201.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of William C. Siegmann
Rights
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Object Number
1165:2010
NOTES
"Adire" is the name for any indigo resist-dyed Yoruba cloth produced through a variety of techniques such as tying, knotting, binding, stitching, freehand painting, or stenciling. "Adire eleko" refers to hand-painted designs typically applied by women, as seen on this wrapper. The artist painted the motifs on commercially-produced cloth using cassava starch paste as the resist material, dyed the cloth in an indigo bath, then washed away the starch. The central double-foliate motif is identified as the Olokun pattern, named after the Yoruba goddess of the sea and of wealth.
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