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Yoruba Indigo Textile Adire Eleko Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Indigo Textile Adire Eleko Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Adire Eleko
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Cotton cloth, cotton threads,
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 58 X 33 inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair worn, some stains, frayed threads

Additional information:  The markings on Adire Eleko textiles often appear more hand-drawn than their stitch- and tie-resist relatives, and that’s because the images often are drawn free hand.  The artist uses a thick paste of cassava flour which enables the textile to remain undyed in drawn areas.  The patterns are unmistakable and are attributed to the Yoruba of Nigeria.

Indigo dyes can be made from local plants in West Africa, using the leaves or seeds of the indigofera or lonchocarpus plants.  But more recently, synthetic dyes are also available. 


We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.