african indigo


My Time in Ogidi-Ijumu came to an end yesterday. With the indigo pit finally ready I was able to dye the threads and the textiles I was preparing over the previous weeks. For so many people Nigerian (and by extension all west african) textiles bring to mind wax print ankara cloth, but for me and the other artisans at the Nike Art Center in Ogidi  the ancient arts of  Adire Oniko Adire Eleko, Aso-ofi and Aso-oke are at the core of the long and rich tradition of adornment. I would like to thank Mrs. Agnes Umeche for being such a patient and fantastic teacher I cant wait to share what you have taught me with students in the U.S.A!


Nigerian Artists Keeping the Tie & Dye Technique Alive

drusillablacktorn  asked:

are there any book about mythologies that aren't about greek/roman mythology that you'd recommend?

Unfortunately for other mythologies, the Greek and Roman myths are so well documented, and therefore more well known about, more well written about and more well read, perpetuating the cycle of just those two being quite popular. However, here’s a short list of some books that are based on other mythologies (I haven’t read all of these books and therefore can’t promise their quality but I hope this helps)

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh [Mesopotamian]
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman [West African] 
  • Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord [West African]
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman [Hints of Norse mythology] 
  • The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi [Hindu] 
  • The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo [Chinese] 
  • Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran [Egyptian] 
  • Deathless by Catherine M. Valente [Russian] 
  • Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson sparked my interest in Mayan mythology

Few modern craftsmen have unlocked indigo’s potential better than Aboubakar Fofana, who has studied traditional indigo production techniques for over three decades and on three continents: at home in Mali, inside ethnology museums in Paris, and alongside Masakazu Akiyama, a Japanese master dyer. [Photo: Gentl + Hyers]