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Adire - Indigo Textiles amongst the Yoruba
Nigeria 1995, Educational film, Documentary | Ethnology, Arts, Culture, Education, 45' Director: Thorolf Lipp | Camera: Thorolf Lipp Production Company: Arcadia Filmproduktion
Teaser Educational documentary on Adire, indigo textile dying amongst the Yoruba in Nigeria.
Synopsis The documentatry was produced in Nigeria and deals with the production of Adire, hand painted or knotted cloths, dyed with Indigo. The artistic creation of these cloths has long tradition in Yoruba culture. Adire: history and stories on webs of cloth.
The main part of this film deals with the complicated and time-consuming production of these cloths which, just few decades ago, were daily commodity, mainly as clothing, but nowadays are barely produced. The important steps of Adire production and its varying techniques are shown as well as the social environment in which it takes place. Originally, Adire was strictly female handicraft, whereas nowadays also men can learn the Adire production.Possibly the most famous Nigerian adire artist, Nike Olaniyi Davies, has been trying for years to revive this old handcraft. She founded a centre in Oshogbo un which Adire is taught. In this centre, the "Nike Centre for Arts and Culture", the film was investigated and shot from June to September 1995.