Indigo Hausa

This Hausa cloth (Abakwariga being an alternate name for Hausa) has been produced using a stitched-raphia resist techique. Much like the Yoruba adire cloth, a pattern is made by first tying off parts of the cloth and then the indigo-dyed cloth is stitched with raphia, in this case forming geometric and zoomorphic motifs. This particular piece is made up from thirty narrow loom strips, each 7 cm in width. The extended edge strips on the cloth act as tapes or ties.

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