Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
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LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski

Yoruba Textiles Exhibition 5th-Sept 2012-1st March 2013

Yoruba_textilesLocation: University of Leeds

Cloth and Tradition in West Africa

The Yoruba of south western Nigeria are amongst the most prolific art making people of Africa. A major aspect of their creative culture is the design, production and use of textiles. Yoruba textile creativity has developed through a number of different technical processes and shows remarkable adaptability through time. Prolific weaving traditions are complemented by innovative dyeing and printing conventions. Through time these traditions have developed to incorporate modern materials such as Lurex, and today narrow strip loom cloth remains the material of Yoruba prestige clothing in Nigeria and its diaspora.

This exhibition traces the development of the indigenous indigo dyeing Adire tradition as well as the relations between local and imported textiles. Based on items from the ULITA (University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) Collection and significant private collections, the exhibition coincides with the African Studies Association UK Conference.

* Please note the exhibition may be closed on 27-28th September.

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