Tortoise Adire Eleko


AD342 – Tortoise Shell Yoruba adire eleko starch resist


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Tortoise Shell Cloth: The starch paste resist used to create this Yoruba adire eleko cloth was applied through a metal stencil, facilitating a more rapidly made style of cloth, but in this fine example applied with considerable precision through an expertly made stencil. Metal stencils were apparently made by cutting the tin lining of tea chests, and were by the 1960s a speciality of the town of Abeokuta, while hand drawn adire patterns continued to be made by women specialists in Ibadan. This particular design was called “ahun”, meaning “tortoise, and the maker of this example has wittily applied the design to a brocade cloth where the existing textured pattern of octagons recalls the shell of a tortoise.  It has become extremely hard over the past few years to find these beautiful vintage adire cloths in Nigeria. and prices have risen accordingly.

Measurement: 76 inches x 68 ins, 194 cm x 173 cm.

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)