African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba - Part 2

by - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Part 2 - Question and Answer
Gasali Adeyemo

In this lecture master craftsman Gasali Adeyemo fields questions from the audience about traditional techniques and about working in Africa and Santa Fe. Gasali concludes with a story about the role of clothing and cloth in life.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 25, 2007
Posted June 2009
Here is Part 1
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The adire eleko (starch-resist) cloths of the Yoruba are immediately identifiable by their hand-drawn patterning and unique symbolism with its wealth of proverbial meaning. The lines, traditionally drawn with a quill, give these cloths the characteristics of a large illustrated canvas.

The adire oniko (tied resist) is often used as a woman’s wrap. Small wraps are first folded then tie-dyed to create spiral designs. One special variation, known as the etu (guinea-fowl pattern) is so prized that when untied it is neither washed nor ironed.

Gasali Adeyemo

Gasali Adeyemo grew up in Ofatedo, Nigeria, where he put himself through high school by sketching portraits at social gatherings. He studied for six years at the Nike Centre for Arts and Culture and then remained an additional four as a teacher.

In 1995 Gasali exhibited his textiles in Bayruth, Germany, and his international reputation was born. A participant in the Iowa Color Congress 2002, the World Batik Conference, and Fiber Arts Center, Gasali has made it his life’s work to give workshops, presentations, and lectures in order to communicate the beauty of adire textiles and share the Yoruba culture

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  1. Hi, loved this, but can not find part one, please post link to part 1 in this article.

  2. Thanks for the comment. We've added a link in the article and here is a direct link


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