So what do you think about those two words; Adire and Batik?
Do they mean the same thing?
What is the difference between the two? If any.
Okay let’s break it down
While Adire is the general name given to those indigenous fabrics made from Abeokuta. It is also a technique of designing the fabric and the other technique is Batik.
WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ADIRE
Adire means tie and dye. It is an indigo-dyed textile made in south western Nigeria, the name was culled from the method of designing the fabric – Tie it and soak inside dye. The main hub of Adire in Nigeria is Abeokuta. While Adire is a technique of fabric design in Nigeria, it has 3 sub-techniques which are;
1) Oniko: where you tie raffia around pebbles or individual corn to produce small white circles on a blue background. The fabric can also be twisted and tied on itself or folded into stripes. This is the method my Fine Art teacher taught me in secondary school😎
2) Alabere: This method involves stitching raffia onto the fabric in a pattern before dyeing it. After dyeing the raffia is ripped out to reveal the pattern
3) Eleko: This method is also called alarodudu and it is made with boiled pap hence the name and different items stencil-like items are used to achieve the patterns
Hope you have learnt a new thing today
Our next stop is Batik technique. See you next week✌