Weaving in Southern Nigeria

by Lisa Aronson
Skidmore College

Dyeing injiri cloth with local roots and minerals, Ijo peoples, Nigeria. Photo 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.