ADIRE THEN & NOW

Over time, the new replaces the old. People are influenced by popular culture, including athletes, musicians, movie stars, social media, and royalty. They also pay attention to what people wear in popular films, television shows, online videos, books, and music. We also are influenced by the fashion industry’s advertising.
For some people, fashion is a high priority. They like to wear only the latest fashions and styles. For others, though, keeping up with the trends isn’t that important.
And keeping up is certainly something you have to do if fashion is important to you. The one thing that stays the same with fashion is this: It ating thing about fashion is that, patterns and styles often return in innovative ways. It is quite nostalgic to wear them sometimes. It’s a wonder how the designers are able to brainstorm new plans, outfits, creating something that is new, innovative and fresh. They have to, as it’s their job to come out with new designs and trends regularly. But appreciate for a moment the immense creativity that goes into this. It can be so interesting that people are willing to hop onto the new fashion trends quickly.

A modern Adire print by AdireLounge


In the past, Adire was done mainly with the use of cassava paste an chicken feather. The dye staff mainly used is pounded indigo leaves in combination with solution from coco pod ash, noted that Adire textile was done by women using indingo and this technique dates back to about 100 years ago. It was done by stitching and tieing before dyeing.
Starch was used as the resisting agent. The Adire fabric designed with cassava paste is known as Adireleko’. It was pointed out that access to large quantities of imported shorting material enabled women dyers to become both artists and entrepreneurs and they employ the method of resist dyeing by practisng hand-painting desing on cloth with cassava starch paste prior to dyeing which is Adire eleko.
With the advert of chemical dye-stuff and innovation on the part of dyers, Adire fabric is now made to resist dye stuff by making designs with hot melted paraffin wax before dyeing with chemical dye.
The different patterns made on thin adire fabric is so interesting and captivating that it despicts and x-ray the rich culture of the yorubas of Nigeria.
Thoughts and forms of art expressions are begin globalized. Just as the culture of other countries diffuse into others, so also Adire from Adire, not only transcends different cultural areas in Nigeria but has found its use in other parts of the country 1 ike Japan, Brazi1, China etc. This situation is evident of the diffusion and globalization of Adire in the world.

AdireLounge’s note pad

From way back, Adire was only limited to fabrics made into clothes, wrappets and bubas but in recent times, we have seen how versatile Adire can be. Adire can and has been made into soga covers, throwpillows, notepads and lots more.
This is to show that unlike every other fashion trend, Adire has come to stay.

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