Bed Cover Local Name: kantha Maker: Srimirthi (Mrs.) Lokhibala Dashi Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Eastern India, West Bengal Period: Early to mid century Date: 1920 - 1960 Dimensions: L 184 cm x W 128 cm Materials: Cotton
The Yoruba people of Nigeria make indigo resist-dyed cotton cloths called adire, which are worn by women as wraparound dresses. The maker of this cloth cuts a design from a sheet of zinc, lays it on a cloth and applies a starch paste. Several dips in a bath of indigo dye turn the cloth dark blue. When the paste is removed, the covered areas emerge as a lighter pattern against the darker background.