erin / Metallic print 35x23 2/2

àsírí aládìre / Metallic print 35x23

ejọ́ / Metallic print 35x23

ojú inú / Metallic print 35x23

ìjàpá / Metallic print35x23

ọlọ́ba / Metallic print 35x23

olókun / Metallic print 35x23

ọ̀rẹ́ mẹ́rin / Metallic print 35x23

In the Woman Code I delve into the the symbolic meanings and design of Adire textiles; which are resist-dyed fabrics made up of complex symbols and patterns that convey specific meanings. The artwork encodes messages and proverbs which were used to communicate information and influence the unfolding of events.

During the history of adire, women were not allowed to speak and express their opinions in public by the ruling class of men in the society. Adire symbols on fabric were used as a communication and expression mechanism among the Yoruba women of south-western Nigeria to overcome these barriers of patriarchy.
In the work I strip away the symbols off the fabric onto female form highlighting its truest meaning and origin. It is an allegory of the woman wearing and expressing her subjugated voice and beliefs; it’s a symbolic expression of her true self and the wider community and language of women.
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