Weaving in Southern Nigeria
by Lisa Aronson
Awumiebite is the highly ritualized cloth the Ibani Ijo make from recycled injiri. The yet-to-be dyed cloth must be worn by an older women as if to instill in it positive and gender-specific values associated with a female elder who initially wears it. The used injiri is then submerged in a dye made of local roots and minerals gathered from the wooded mangrove areas surrounding Ibani Ijo villages.