How Adire Fabrics Were Straightened Before The Inception Of Electric Iron

Textile designing is very intricate, and before a certain print is completed, it goes through various stages, and these procedures leave the fabric with crinkles.

Before the inception of Electronic iron, adire fabrics were straightened using a wooden mallet and trunk via a medium known as ‘Beating’. After the procedures in making the adire fabrics are completed, they are taken to the professionals who beat them and folds t5em properly until it’s flattened and all rumple traces are removed, making it look more presentable. 

Wooden Mallet and Trunk.

Although not all fabrics go through the rigorous process of beating, this is because during the early days when adire was first practiced in the Western part of Nigeria, adire designs were strictly made on cotton before it evolved and other fabrics were introduced. Albeit the introduction of other textiles still didn’t warrant them to undergo the beating process, because the texture of cotton is harder, compared to other fabrics like chiffon, silk, etc.

These textile beaters beat fabrics for various textile designers and they beat an average of 20 – 50 pieces of fabrics/ clothing daily.

This technique is still practiced by a lot of textile designers specifically because it entirely flattens the (starched) cotton fabric, and after it has been thoroughly beaten, it glistens.

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