The indigo dyed cloths of the Nigerian Yoruba tribe. Translated, adire means tie and dye–a resist dyeing technique found throughout the world in varying levels of complexity.

Adire cloths were always intended for everyday wear; despite following tradition and local ideas, the complexity and intricacy of each design is personal and unique. In the early 20thC, textile merchants brought plain sheeting to West Africa that the Yoruba women proudly decorated using wax resist techniques, in both traditional and innovative designs. To find out more about such early pieces and the story of the rise and decline of real Adire cloth tap Adire African Textiles is the fount of much knowledge about all African cloths and a great supplier of very special textiles.

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