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Adire: the art and politics of Yoruba resist dyed cloth

Wearing Adire resists

Dr Will Rea (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds) introduces the history, styles and techniques of a dyed cloth from Nigeria known as Adire.

Associated with the Yoruba people, the cloth is known for its distinct patterns and techniques which identify specific areas and modes of production..

The importance of Adire goes beyond its use as cloth.  This lecture outlines the history of its making, demonstrating the centrality of this textile in the development of a Yoruba identity in relation to the British Empire, as well as investigating its place in contemporary Nigeria.

Dr Rea’s research is more generally focussed on the art history of West Africa, both in terms of the classical traditions and the visual response to modernity.  He has previously been associated with ULITA through his co-curation of Yoruba Textiles in 2012.

Free, book via Eventbrite. All welcome.
Location: Please note that the talk takes place in the Business School’s ground floor lecture theatre G.02, across the foyer from ULITA in the Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT (sat nav LS2 1AN).

The lecture will be followed by a late opening of our exhibition Resists: exploring resist-dyed textiles across cultures at ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles from 7pm – 7.30pm.

Part of Resists: exploring resist-dyed textiles across cultures exhibition programme.

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