Adiré Eleko – Nigerian Indigo Batik: A Cameo by Susan Nalder

Adiré Eleko – Nigerian Indigo Batik: A Cameo by Susan Nalder
From the Archive #7!

Dirt blue
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton
Bleed nature’s cow-peas in dark mud pits
Indigo
Pungent aromas arise from the dye
Scribes the naked cotton
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton

Dark blue
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton
Cut stencils from tea chests for paste resist
Indigo
Outlines of symbols emerge from the bath
Scribes the naked cotton
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton

Picture of indigo-dyed cotton cloth
Lost blue
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton
Plunge stark white cloth into midnight dye
Indigo
Cassava batik revealed design
To scribe the native cloth
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton

Black blue
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton
Tell Yoruba stories through patterns
Indigo
She-goddess of sea and prosperity
Scribes the naked cotton
Indigo
Scribes the naked cotton

THE CAMEO BEAT OF THIS POEM IS 2-3-6-9-3-10-6-3-6 If you wish to read more about natural indigo and Adire fabric from West Africa: http://www.adireafricantextiles.com/adireintro.htm

Symbols used in adire are many. Featured in the photograph of the fabric acquired in 1974 are the duafe, wooden combe signifying beauty, hygiene and feminine qualities; diagonal lines indicating precision; unidentified chevron pattern and daisy-like flower; criss-cross stripes on a polka-dot background: http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra/wawa.htm
Plants used to make indigo: http://www.herbcompanion.com/Herb-Profiles/AN-HERB-TO-KNOW-Betsy-Strauch-2.aspx

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , by Miriam Sagan. Bookmark the permalink.

About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s