Mens resist-dyed tunic and pants, Nigeria

Made by Unknown (person) in Nigeria, c1995.

This man’s outfit was made for Abiola Buhari, a Yoruba man from Nigeria, around the time he married Australian Clare Maguire, at the Registry Office in Lagos, Nigeria in August 1997. The outfit matches a caftan and headscarf made for Clare Maguire. The fabric was patterned using adire aleko, a resist dyeing technique using candle wax or cassava paste to draw the design onto the fabric before dyeing. Machine embroidered cream chain stitch decorates the neck and the cuffs.

In Lagos, amongst the Y...

Summary

2006/136/6
Outfit, mens, tunic and pants, cotton, made by the Yoruba people, worn by Abiola Buhari, Nigeria, 1995-1999

Man's tunic and pants, resist-dyed in a pattern of circles and wavy lines in dark red on white commercial jacquard cotton. The yoke and cuffs of the tunic and the cuffs of the trousers have been heavily machine embroidered in cream silk or viscose.

Production

This man's outfit of tunic and pants, has been resist-dyed with a pattern of large concentric circles offset in a field of vertical wavy lines in dark crimson on white commercially-woven, self-patterned cotton cloth. The yoke and cuffs of the tunic and the cuffs of the trousers have been machine-embroidered in gold chain stitch.

The Yoruba use two methods of resist-dyeing. The method used here is called adire aleko, in which candle wax or cassava paste is used to draw on the material, using stencils or freehand, before the cloth is dyed. Cloth patterning is always done by women and then taken to the women dyers.
Unknown (person) c1995

Source

Gift of Clare Maguire, 2006
4 October, 2006

Cite this Object

Mens resist-dyed tunic and pants, Nigeria 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2017, <https://ma.as/319019>
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