Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on Feb 16, 2019 15:53:55 GMT 1
Tie and dye popularly known as Adire has become a big business, providing jobs for many. It is one of the main occupation of the indigenes of Abeokuta, a town in Ogun State, Nigeria. So, the textile is largely produced there.
Adire can help boost the nation's economy if adequate funds are invested in it. Opportunities abound in the tie and dye industry. The industry is very large and accommodative of new investors.
Adire, batik and kampala are mainly used in making clothes. However, they can be used for many other things such as bedsheets, curtains and finishings for homes and offices for aesthetics.
Anyone venturing into the trade can become an employer of labour in no time and make huge profits from the business. An investor could be involved in the textile production or its sales or both and it requires little capital to start.
Adire is one of the timeless fabrics produced within Nigeria but adorned within and outside Nigeria. In fact, many have testified that Adire has a wide appeal to customers in different parts of the world.
Given their variety of uses these days, both within and outside the country, the demand for the materials has increased with supply taking the back seat because the occupation involves
mainly ageing workforce begging for new hands.
Adire global market
Aside job creation, the tie and dye industry can boost foreign exchange earnings if properly harnessed.
Some major target markets for the export of Adire are Europe, the Arab Emirates and the US and some nations in Africa where the textile is highly patronized.
Also, adire among other local materials, are well sold at tourist centres. Such tourists buy local materials at higher price because of their unique nature. The demand for the materials is also very high during and after festivals.
The art of making Adire
The art of making Adire is simple and flexible. Although, its production requires a high level of concentration and observation because if the colours are not properly mixed, it would affect the production.
On how to achieve the designs, areas of the fabric are tightly tied with thread (originally raffia, later cotton) to produce simple decorative designs, then the fabric is dyed. There are several methods traditionally used. The techniques are quick, easy, and inexpensive to produce.
Many of the textile designs reflect our rich cultural heritage and they also tell fantastic stories of past histories through tie and dye works.
The industry is open and will welcome investors who desire to come in as there are enormous opportunities in the production of adire textiles especially those with unique designs.