The Yoruba Clothes, continued

September 8, 2011

By Tola Adenle


The interest that this Blog continues to generate on the Yoruba classic clothes not only heartens me greatly but also challenges me to take what the late Ulli Beier’s  Collection at Amherst College in the United States started.  Even as I continue to lament my inadequacy for the challenge that  the slight task of follow-up to what Beier, Roland Abiodun and John Pemberton magnificently lay out to the world to see, I can already see that not even such a minor follow-up is unimportant.  The search engine bears me out.

Just yesterday, here are four essays that were checked out by visitors to this Blog: “Cloth only wears to shreds:  ”Yoruba Classic Clothes:  A reader’s suggestion to scholars of Yoruba culture out there” posted last week had three viewers; “Yoruba textile photographs from the Beier Collection [2"] first published on May 27 had two; the obit. for Beier posted on April 2, “Ulli Beier, patron of the arts, passes away far from home’” and “Yoruba Classic Aso oke” which is an introduction to the series of clothes being presently posted – each had one.  A Yoruba Oba from Osun APPARENTLY – no put down, please – visited via his search engine.


And in the early hours of this morning, two each of the first visitors to the Blog have viewed “A reader’s suggestion …” and “Yoruba Classic Clothes”.


For the weekend, I’m posting actual “wedding pictures” since these have often been leads to what have been a lot of words with no visuals on the subject of Yoruba clothes.  The subject is etu.  It should be up by the time people East of GMT wake up Friday, September 9.



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