Hello everyone, my post today will be based on the Adire fabric.
Most times when we are out to pick asoebi, all kinds of fabrics come to our mind;Lace fabrics, Ankara fabrics, Velvet , Silk, Chiffon and probably Brocade for men,but there are lots of beautiful fabrics in the market that we need to explore, one of which is ADIRE!
Yes Adire , same old Adire ( you read right) although a lot of people see this fabric as ol’ skool it’s actually super cool. I have seen few people use it as ipele and gele at weddings and it was really nice on them
Adire is purely an African fabric and its a beautiful one especially when designed to suit the occasion its been used for. Adire actually means tie and dye, it is a resist dye (most times cotton)fabric traditionally with indigo in order to create patterns and designs by treating certain parts of the fabric in a way to prevent them from absorbing dye. it’s mostly used by the Yoruba.
There are different types of Adire:
RAFFIA RESIST – ADIRE ONIKO
STITCH RESIST – ADIRE ALABERE STARCH RESIST – ADIRE ELEKO
I remember making my first Adire by myself in JSS 2 or JSS 3 at Holy Child College (up school) as a fine art student. We also made another one in clothing and textile class , I used Teru material think English name is Calico about a yard or two and it came out really nice.
Adire is available at most markets in Lagos but Abeokuta(Ogun State) is the haven of Adire,there they can make special designs for you in large quantity for aso-ebi and there are some beautiful ones from Mali that you can also get in the market. So , if you really want a unique fabric for your next owambe, you can choose Adire or Kampala as some others call it.
Its affordable, colorful,beautiful and would make your guest really stand out.
Here are some beautiful Adire samples and beautiful people rocking this amazing fabric:
Oyinbo sef no wan carry last.lol