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Adire
Date: c. 1963
Dimensions: 183 x 161.6 cm (72 1/16 x 63 5/8 in.)
Medium: cotton
Made in: Nigeria
Description: An Adire cloth made of resist-dyed cotton in dark indigo blue over light blue. The cloth comprises two lengths joined with machine stitching down the centre. The ends are machine-hemmed and the remaining sides are the selvedge edges. The stencil was usually metal, originally lead linings of packaging chests; the paste is cassava starch, applied with a spatula. The cloth is decorated throughout with stylised wave motifs. This comprises linear wave motifs within lozenge or circular forms, set against a background also of different types of wave bands. There is also lettering within the design (possibly 'Inrobo' , 'Lowoal', 'Ijobaoh') and 'Abosi 1963'. There are the initials 'M.S' on the border. The donor used this material for household furnishings.
Inv. No.: 2014.14
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