The Woman with the Artistic Brush: A Life History of Yoruba Batik Artist Nikoe Davies

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Introduction (pages xv-xlii)
1.
Mbari Mbayo of Oṣogbo was an artists' group established by the late Duro Ladipọ, an actor, composer, as well as producer and director of the Duro Ladipọ National Theater. Ladipọ turned his hostel and pub into a theater and gallery. Mbari Mbayo nurtured the talent of writers, performers, and visual artists through workshop rather than art school methods ( Kennedy 1968).
2.
Carroll Parrott Blue film, Nigerian Art--Kindred Spirits, was coproduced by television station WETA, Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Institution. Funding was received from the Southwestern Bell Corporation. It was first aired on March 5, 1990, and was featured as "a look at modern Nigerian art through the eyes of the artists who create it," namely, El Anatusi, Nikẹ Davies, Sokari Douglas Camp, Ben Enwonwu, Lamidi Fakẹyẹ, Emmanuel Taiwo, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Uche Okeke.
3.
All the cotton Ibitọla used came from the farm as raw material. She removed the seeds and hand spun the cotton. Thus, it was possible to produce only two small ọjas daily. (For a detailed account of hand processing see Eicher 1976, pp. 13-20.)
4.
In the article "Adirẹ Art" by Stephen Mugambi, in the May 1992 issue of the Kenyan magazine Rainbow, Davies gave a detailed and extensive explanation of the process of making adirẹ. I quote her in full to convey to the reader how labor-intensive this process is. There are four major raw materials used to make adirẹ: cloth, cassava tubers to make starch, cocoa shells, and indigo dye.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Note on Orthography xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • 1 - Come and Buy Leaves!"" 3
  • 2 - No Man Will Pay Bride-Price for Me 16
  • 3 - I Went to Learn About Life 27
  • 5 - Iya (mama) Labayọ 49
  • 6 - Co-Wife: My Friend and My Enemy 55
  • 7 - I Will Not Mention My Enemy's Name 65
  • 8 - Strong Women 76
  • 9 - The Woman with the Artistic Brush 81
  • Appendix Muniratu Temilade Bello 89
  • Notes 105
  • Glossary 123
  • Index 131
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