INDIGO REIMAGINED BY PEJU LAYIWOLA
Peju Layiwola’s Indigo Reimagined: Rethinking Adire in Yoruba Fashion and Textile Modernity brings together the authoritative views of art historians, literary critics and other informed observers who encountered the exhibition entitled Indigo Reimagined held in 2019 at two venues in Lagos, Nigeria. Peju Layiwola, a Professor of Art History at the University of Lagos, curated the exhibition, which has been made to come alive in the essays and brightly coloured photographs offered. Many witnessed the physical event in the gallery enclosures of the University of Lagos on the mainland and Alara on the Island, while others experienced its afterlife in the virtual space or media platforms. The authors of these essays have described their perceptions of that phenomenal event in ways that a normal exhibition catalogue cannot fully represent. They have therefore stepped outside the framework of gallery and media spaces to give readers and researchers a clearer picture of what they could have seen. The result is a volume that indexes the social history of adire and communicates the awe of each contributor as they observe culture and creativity unfold and intersect in the fabric. The essays also draw attention to the ways that the literal and the figurative intertwine in the fabric to delineate its importance in Yoruba culture and its historical association with appareling humanity.