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Omotayo, Alao Luqman

Omotayo, Alao Luqman

artist and Volunteer/Cultural diplomat. PhD candidate at University of Benin @ University of Benin


Alao Luqman Omotayo, a Nigerian artist and Volunteer/Cultural diplomat to Jamaica hold a bachelor degree in painting from University of Lagos, Master of Fine Art (MFA) printmaking from University of Benin, and pursuing his PhD from the same university before he was appointed. He was awarded ’Student with Leadership Qualities’’ at the University of Lagos Endowment Scholarship Awards/partners Forum 2008, Two times 1st Best, Faculty of Arts Researcher at the University of Lagos Annual Research Conference and Fair 2016 and 2017. Curator: University of Benin 2nd Eminent Lecture series ‘’CULTURE AT RISK’’ in honor of Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka 2016. He is a member of Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA) and member of Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). He has work with Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and currently with Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Jamaica and also lecturer at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica. He is the pioneer of the program ‘’ FESTIVAL OF THE CLOTH’’ an idea to create tie dye/batik cottage industries in Jamaica.

Geographical location : Jamaica

Research Area and Interest : arts, Caribbean studies

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Pioneering a Textile Culture ‘Jadire’ a Jamaican textile
Summary: Textile design and textile craft have always played a significant social, cultural and economic impact on any society and it is a major component of material culture. ‘Jadire’ a Jamaica textile derived it name from combining Jamaica with the Yoruba word ‘’Adire’’ meaning (tie and dye textile) an indigo-dyed cloth made from southwest Nigeria by Yoruba women using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques. Among these techniques are Adire Alabela (candle wax), Adire Eleko (starch resist), Adire Oniko (tie and dye), Adire Alabere (stitching method) and so on which involves creating patterns, either by stamp or free hand treating certain part of the fabrics in some ways to resist dye. These techniques were brought to Jamaica through bilateral relations with Nigeria’s governments under their technical aids corps whose objective was to create its typical model of tie dye/batik cottage industry in Jamaica. This paper will discuss textile culture ‘Jadire’, creation of jadire cottage industries in Jamaica, pioneering artist and it business development among Afro-descendants of the Caribbean. However, our relationship with fabrics begins right after birth, as clothes protect us from the climate and it is our second skin to interact with others in a society. As Jamaican developed their own drawings and patterns for textile to express their culture, adire from southwest Nigeria still representing the cultural identity of it people and it is viewed as the products of technology, cultural symbolism, works of art, or as items of trade.

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