What a fabric!

For 3 days, February 23 to 24, lots of cloths can be on sale because the Jamaica Enterprise Improvement Company (JBDC) celebrates Black Historical past Month with textile, on the Edna Manley Faculty for the Visible and Performing Arts, in St Andrew.

The actions will unfold with a panel dialogue from 10 a.m. to midday on the primary day, underneath the theme ‘Celebrating Black Historical past Month via Jadire textile – The Future, Challenges, and Manner Ahead’. There may also be performances by Edna Manley college students, after which the exhibition and sale can be opened.

Jadire, often called Jamaican Adire, was derived from combining Jamaica with the Yoruba phrase adire, that means ‘tie-and-dye textile’. It’s an indigo-dyed fabric made primarily in southwest Nigeria by Yoruban ladies utilizing quite a lot of resist-dyeing strategies. In Africa, cloths symbolize cultural id and they’re seen because the merchandise of know-how, cultural symbolism, artworks, or as objects of commerce.

Amongst these strategies are adire alabela (candle wax), adire eleko (starch resist), adire oniko (tie-and-dye), adire alabere (stitching methodology) and adire onipatan (batik or silk portray). The resist dyeing entails creating patterns both by a stamp or free-handedly. These have been the strategies that have been transferred to Jamaica via bilateral relations with Nigeria.


The Jadire occasion is the continuation of JBDC’s Pageant of The Fabric, which first befell nearly in 2021, with outstanding textile artists and historians from Nigeria and Jamaica addressing subjects resembling ‘Conversations throughout continents’ and ‘Cultural retention and mergers in merchandise and processes’. And now, it’s time to showcase what has been taking place since then.

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“For the primary time, the people skilled within the respective strategies can be coming along with the eagerness to discover the creative potential as one physique, and to encourage the manufacturing of Jadire to our youth, whereas passing the information on to them,” the JBDC revealed.

Below the tutelage of Alao Luqman Omotayo, a Nigerian cultural diplomat/volunteer working in Jamaica for the previous 5 years in quite a lot of textile floor design, many people and teams have been skilled. The target is to create a tie-dye/batik cottage business in Jamaica. Omotayo is the pioneer of ‘Pageant of the Fabric’, an concept to create a tie-dye/batik cottage business throughout the parishes of Jamaica. He’s additionally the pioneer of the Jamaican textile referred to as Jadire.


“The JBDC is looking for to broaden the cultural expressions and textile business to new ranges by incorporating native designs on textile. The exhibition is meant to advertise the work of main native textile artists, who’ve began the textile-printing cottage business in Jamaica,” the JBDC mentioned.

The JBDC can be proposing the formation of a bunch of textile artists referred to as ‘Textile Guild of Jamaica’, which can be a non-governmental organisation, inclusive of stakeholders inside and outdoors of academia, some who’ve already participated in numerous workshops on the JBDC.

“The event of Nigeria’s textile business via printed motifs, patterns, and tales is important to its tradition. The affect and affect of Nigeria on the Jamaican expertise, in addition to the significance of the usage of Adire in sustaining or expressing cultural id and the cultural id of a folks, will additional improve Jamaica’s cultural expression on a world stage,” the JBDC mentioned.

“Maybe greater than every other artwork kind, textile displays the tradition from which one comes, and Adire and Jadire textiles are viable means by which the wealthy Jamaican cultural heritage and concepts may very well be conveyed to different nations of the world, simply because the Yoruba of Nigeria did with tie-dye/batik textile prints.”