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  • Green Adire Envelope Clutch

    A simple envelope-style clutch that makes a distinct statement. This clutch purse is bigger than a regular clutch making it versatile as an evening purse or a great way to dress up a casual look.

    It is made in an African batik fabric known as ‘Adire’ (pronounced ah-d-reh). It is also lined internally with dark green cotton fabric and closes with magnetic snaps. It also has a inner zippered pocket to keep smaller items safely.

    It is spacious enough to fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more.

    Dimensions:
    Width: 12 inches (30 cm)
    Height: 8.5 inches (22 cm)

     

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  • Purple, Pink and Lime Adire Shawl

    The ever versatile Adire shawl is back in a new colourway. This soft cotton-mix shawl is hand-dyed using traditional dyeing methods in combination with contemporary designs. This one features a mix or pinks, purples and lime green in an intricate lined pattern with abstract diamonds.

    Length: 180 cm (72 inches)
    Width: 75 cm (30 inches)

    Fabric: Cotton mix
    Fabric care: Handwash in cold water or dryclean. Due to the dying process, the color of your shawl may run slightly when washing. Do not bleach. Iron if desired.

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  • Grey and Pink Adire Shawl

    The ever versatile Adire shawl is back in a new colourway. This soft cotton-mix shawl is hand-dyed with traditional Yoruba symbols. It comes in a dark grey and pale pink combination.

    Length: 180cm (72 inches)
    Width: 75cm (30 inches)

    Fabric: Cotton mix
    Fabric care: Handwash in cold water or dryclean. Due to the dying process, the color of your shawl may run slightly when washing. Do not bleach. Iron if desired.

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  • Green Eleko Adire Bee Bag

    The Bee bag is so called because its great for buzzing around and you make it what you want it to be. For shopping, going to the park, books and magazines anything really. A green tote in many ways!

    The straps make it a comfortable shoulder tote. The fabric I have used is a traditional batik fabric from Nigeria known as ‘Adire’ and the inside is lined with bright orange cotton fabric.

    I love this particular bag because of the fabric and the tradtional techniques used to create it. It is all done by hand by women of the Yoruba tribe in Southern Nigeria. The fabric is folded and sewn before it is dyed and after it is dyed, the thread is removed. If you look at the close up shot, you can see small traces of where the fabric was sewn before this process. It tells a story of how it was made!

    Dimensions:
    Height: 42cm (16.5″)
    Width : 35cm (14″) at top, 45cm (18″)at base
    Straps: 30cm (12″)

     

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  • Adire Patterns: Story Telling Through Adire

    We are huge fans of batik fabric, in particular Adire which is the type of tie dye fabric popular among the Yoruba people of Southern Nigeria. If you have a look at our products made with Adire, you get a sense of various patterns that are repeated across the fabric. Each of these patterns have very specific meanings.

    indigo batik shawl

    Indigo Red Batik Clutch

    Indigo Blue Batik Blazer

     

    Although I knew what some of these symbols represented, I have always wanted a catalogue of sorts, where they were all explained. I was extremely excited to learn of the new book Storytelling Through Adire: An Introduction to Adire Making and Pattern Meanings by Allyson Aina Davies which I purchased immediately.

    The book details very beautifully with illustrations what each of these patterns and symbols mean, each with a name and story. The stories are often words of advice from the elders, or a means of documenting social, economic and environmental conditions. With symbols such as Adé- Crown, Eegun-eja- fish bone, Ewé ẹ̀gẹ́- Cassava leaf and many more.

     

     

     

    With the collection of symbols on each piece of cloth, we start to see a story unfolding in this unique cross between art and functionality. If you are interested in African fabric design and in particular Adire patterns, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great resource. I love the fact that each piece we make out of Adire gives you a small piece of a much larger story. A little portion of Yoruba history and wisdom!


    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Please check out Adire Patterns website for more information: www.adirepatterns.com

    Adire Patterns Twitter handle: @AdirePatterns

    WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:

    The book is available in the following places.

    • ONLINE on Amazon
    • STRANGER: 3 Hakeem Dickson, Lekki Phase One, Lagos, Nigeria
    • QUINTESSENCE: Park View Estate Entrance, Off Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
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  • Green River Adire Megasnap Clutch

    This Mega Snap Clutch is so called because it is a huge statement purse. Stylish and practical at the same time. This clutch is great because it holds all the essentials and more. The Mega Snap clutch makes a great evening bag or could easily add a nice touch to a more casual look.

    This piece is made from an African batik fabric known as ‘Adire’ and lined internally with green cotton in-keeping with the theme of green! The front of the bag has detailing of green and yellow sequins.

    It has several layers of interfacing and batting to give it stability and to protect its contents. It will fit a phone, money, keys, make-up, camera and a lot more. It also has a small inner pocket.

    Dimensions:
    Width at top: 12 inches (30cm)
    Width at bottom: 14 inches (35 cm)
    Height: 8.25 inches (21cm)

     

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  • Blue Shells Shawl, Adire Shawl

    Wrap yourself in style this season with a bright splash of colour- the Splash Shawl. A soft and light cotton-mix shawl in handmade West African tie-dye designs. Perfect draped as a shawl or wrapped round as a scarf, from summer evenings till autumn rolls into winter.

    Our limited edition Splash Shawls are specially commissioned and produced in limited runs.

    Length: 180cm (72 inches)
    Width: 75cm (30 inches)

    Fabric: Cotton mix
    Fabric care: Handwash in cold water or dryclean. Due to the dying process, the color of your shawl may run slightly when washing. Do not bleach. Iron if desired.

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  • Introducing Adire

    Àdìre

    Adire pronounced (pronounced ah-d-reh) is the indigo dyed cloth made predominantly by Yoruba women in South-West Nigeria. The fabric is produced using a range of resist dye techniques. There are several techniques used to make adire ranging from tieing and stitching the areas that will resist the dye, to the use of wax for the same purpose. Additional methods also include hand-painted or stenciled designs directly onto cloth. The word Adire is now used more generically to refer to various resist dye fabrics in Nigeria.

    Adire Blue

    Traditional Adire

    Modern Adire

    Modern Adire

    Indigo in West Africa

    Indigo was the basis of numerous textile traditions throughout West Africa. Indigo in West Africa was obtained from local plant sources, either indigofera or lonchocarpus cyanescans and transforming the raw material into a dye was a complex process requiring great expertise.  The art of indigo dyed cloth was a highly valuable skill passed on by specialist dyers from generation to generation. From the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara to Cameroon, Senegal and Mali indigo cloth signified wealth, abundance and fertility. Among the Hausa of Northern Nigeria, where the export trade in prestige textiles was highly organised, male dyers working at communal dye pits were the basis of the wealth of the ancient city of Kano. Sadly this has seen a fast decline due to cheap imports from Asia as well as the unrest and violence experienced in the region. Watch this BBC piece on the current situation.

    Kano Dye pits

    Kano Dye pits Image courtesy of BBC News

     

    I find the various dyeing techniques quite interesting as they involve threading, stitching and tying the fabric similar to the Japanese Shibori methods of tie dye.  Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. They have beautiful names such as Kanoko shibori, Itajime shiboriMiura shibori, Kumo shibori and Nui shibori. Each of these describes a specific method used to achieve a certain result. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a shibori technique is said to date from the 8th century. Check out this wonderful blog that features a daily post on various Japanese textiles- www.dailyjapanesetextile.wordpress.com/

     

     

    Mino Shibori Juban

    Mino Shibori style used on man’s juban
    Image courtesy of dailyjapanesetextile.wordpress.com

     

    Looking through books and images, there are so many similarities between some of the traditional Japanese fabrics and the Nigerian ones I grew up wearing.

     

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    As with most things, there is now a modern twist to tie and dye fabric especially in West Africa. Adire is not quite as popular as the ubiquitous African Wax Print but I am one of the many champions of the cause! Check out how we’ve mixed up the gorgeous fabric here on Urbanknit.

    Are you a fan of the traditional style of indigo? Or do you adore brightly coloured modern Adire? Share your thoughts!

     

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  • Green African Shawl, Adire Shawl

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    Wrap yourself in style this season with a bright splash of colour- the Splash Shawl. A soft and light cotton-mix shawl in handmade West African tie-dye designs.

    The African shawl is perfect draped as a shawl or wrapped round as a scarf, from summer evenings till autumn rolls into winter.

    Length: 180 cm (72 inches)
    Width: 75 cm (30 inches)

    Fabric: Cotton mix
    Fabric care: Handwash in cold water or dry-clean.

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  • Aubergine and Lime African Adire Cushion

    This cushion is a beautiful illustration in African craft made in a hand-dyed batik known as ‘Adire’ in Nigeria, West Africa. With its bold organic patterns and splashes of colour, it makes even the most ordinary sofa look and feel cosy and welcoming.

    It would also make a nice addition to your bed or for making your chair a bit more comfy. Add to rooms with neutral colours to add a splash of colour or pair with other bright prints for vibrant look.

    Each cushion is piped round the edges in the same fabric and comes with the cushion pad already inserted so you can use you it straight-away.

    Fabric Care:

    Spot clean or Dryclean Only.

    Dimensions:
    40cm X 40cm (16x 16 inches)
     
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