#AfricanTextile artists often use the strong, rich blue given by #indigo dye

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#AfricanTextile artists often use the strong, rich blue given by #indigo dye

#AfricanTextile artists often use the strong, rich blue given by #indigo dye

#AfricanTextile artists often use the strong, rich blue given by #indigo dye to set off #patterns that range from simple to elaborate. In resist dyeing, parts of the fabric are protected by tying or stitching or by applying paint or wax before the fabric is dyed. After dyeing, the coverings are removed to reveal the pattern, still in the fabric’s original color. Explore this and other patterning techniques in “Threads of Tradition,” on view through January 2017.

“Woman’s Wrapper with Tie-Dyeing,” mid- to late 20th century, made by the Yoruba culture, Nigeria. “Woman’s Wrapper with Starch-Resist Dyeing,” late 1960s, made by the Yoruba culture, Nigeria

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