Adire Eleko

IB Visual Arts: Adire Eleko

What is Indigo? a tropical plant of the pea family, which was formerly widely cultivated as a source of dark blue dye, now largely replaced by synthetic dyes.Elaborately patterned indigo dyed resist cloths called Adire Eleko have been made by the Yoruba people of south west Nigeria since the early 20th century. Eleko means “with starch” and refers to the cassava starch hand painted on the cloth as a resist agent...

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