Yoruba peoples, Nigeria. Adire Eleko Cloth (Ibadandun), mid-20th century.
The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Geraldine McMurtry, Columbia, Maryland, BMA 2011.88
While Peace Corps volunteers in Cameroon during the mid 1960s, Geraldine and John McMurtry collected this exceptional textile, which had traveled via commercial networks from its origins in Nigeria. Adire is the name for any indigo resist-dyed Yoruba cloth; eleko refers to resist designs carefully created by hand-painting.