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  • Place of origin:

    Nigeria (made)

  • Date:

    1960-1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Indigo-dyed and starch-resist, hand-painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an example of adire, an indigo resist dyed cloth made by the Yoruba people of south-western Nigeria. Resist-dyeing involves treating certain areas of the cloth with a ‘resist’ to prevent them absorbing the dye. When starch is used as the resist these cloths are known as adire eleko in Yoruba.

This pattern is known as Olokun ‘goddess of the sea’. The goddess is also associated with wealth. The cloth is divided into four rows of five squares with a series of smaller rectangles around the edge which are then filled in with a variety of patterns. This cloth has been signed on the underside with a symbol of a bird, it has not been possible to associate a name with this maker.

Physical description

Two lengths of Indigo-dyed and starch-resist textile sewn together to form a woman's wrapper. The pattern, known as 'olokun' is divided into squares which are infilled with a variety of patterns. There is an oily stain on the cloth.

Place of Origin

Nigeria (made)


1960-1967 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Indigo-dyed and starch-resist, hand-painted


Length: 66 in, Width: 73 in

Descriptive line

Indigo-dyed starch-resist textile, Nigeria, 1960-1967


Indigo; Cotton; Material


Resist dyeing


Textiles; Africa


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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