Where to Buy Adire Fabrics in Lagos

Silk Adire Fabric in Lagos Nigeria

There is no doubt that fashion lovers in Nigeria are familiar with Adire, but if you don’t know about the Nigerian fabric, then you are missing out on all the colorful clothing you can wear. I will give you a brief history to give you a better idea.

History of Adire Fabric in Nigeria

Indigo dyed cloth called adire is created by Yoruba women in south western Nigeria using a variety of resist dyeing techniques. Adire may have come from simple tied designs on hand spun cotton cloth similar to those made in Mali. 

However, the growth of European textile merchants in certain Yoruba towns, particularly Abeokuta, made it possible for women dyers to become both artists and entrepreneurs in a booming new medium during the first decades of the twentieth century.

 Several new methods of resist dyeing were developed, including the practice of hand painting designs on the cloth with cassava starch paste prior to dyeing. This was known as adire  eleko. Additionally, a new style was developed that accelerated decoration by utilizing metal stencils cut from sheets of tin that lined tea chests.

 Raffia can also be used, sometimes in combination with tying sections, whereas other cloths are simply folded repeatedly and tied or stitched in place. This cloth is created by stitching two pieces of shirting fabric together so as to form a women’s wrapper.

 In addition to the jubilee pattern (produced for the Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935), popular designs included Olokun, or “goddess of the sea,” and Ibadadun, or “Ibadan is sweet.”

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