|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Africa: West Africa, Nigeria, Oyo State, Ibadan|
|Period:||Mid to late 20th century|
|Dimensions:||L 177 cm x W 164 cm|
|Materials:||Cotton; indigo dye|
|Techniques:||Plain woven; stencil resist dyed; machine-sewn|
|Credit:||Gift of Michael and Mary Mason|
The Yoruba people of Nigeria make indigo resist-dyed cotton cloths called adire, which are worn by women as wraparound dresses. The maker of this cloth cuts a design from a sheet of zinc, lays it on a cloth and applies a starch paste. Several dips in a bath of indigo dye turn the cloth dark blue. When the paste is removed, the covered areas emerge as a lighter pattern against the darker background.