Man’s Wrapper (Adinkra)

The designs on adinkra cloth are printed on either hand- or machine-woven textiles using stamps carved from calabashes, and a thick black dye made from bark and iron slag. Large cloths serve as men’s robes and are worn draped over one shoulder. This type of printed textile was originally produced to be worn at funerals […]

Wrapper (kente)

Kente cloth is woven by men on narrow-band strip looms. The narrow strips are then sewn together to form large cloths. The different patterns used are significant and are often named or used only by a certain family. Kente cloth in its original form was woven for and worn by kings, queens, and chiefs of […]

Woman’s Prestige Wrapper (aso oke, iro)

The Yoruba wear aso oke (“top cloth”) on important occasions. Tailors make flowing trousers and robes for men, and women wrap rectangular panels like this one into ankle-length skirts. The purple color and designs show influences that traveled across the Sahara from North Africa to Nigeria via trade routes. The arrow shape–which appears on boards […]