Guinea corn (Sorghum sp.) is an important food crop, but the seeds are also useful in the tie-dye process. The stones are ordinary and of mixed sizes. With thread, the seeds and stones are tied into the cloth with a slip or buttonhole knot for easy removal after dyeing. The dyeing results in a pattern of circles.

Object Summary

Museum Number 284/1998/36/1
Simple Name dyeing materials
Full Name assorted stones
Production country Nigeria
Material stones
Collection class Textiles and equipment
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region W
Production county SW Nigeria
Production continent Africa
Production year high late 1960s
Cultural group Yoruba
Function name textile
Function detail used to tie-in patterns on adire tie-tyed cloth