The preparation and dyeing of indigo among the Yoruba

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We got hooked on collecting indigo textiles from Japan and West Africa. The next step was to learn all about it and even experience the art of dying textiles ourselves.

One Summer we started to dye all her tired clothes in indigo and let them dry in the sun. We found out it was not so easy. Some pieces were better than their original state and some were too blue to be true.

This rare book is a gem. It is a collection of essays on the dyeing of cloths by the Adire in Nigeria, with section titles including: "Dyeing Methods in Western Nigeria'; 'The Chemistry and General History of Dyeing'; 'The Origin of Some Adire Designs"; and 'The Devolution of the Jubilee Design".  A sound copy of a scarce study.

Published by the Institute of African Studies - University of Ibadan - Nigeria 1971

Edited by Jane Barbour & Doig Simmonds

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