Did we forget that the technique we call “Tie-Dye” was brought from Africa to America with our enslaved Ancestors? And the tradition is probably one of the most intact continous Africanism amongst African Americans, even still today ? Both in Africa and America our ancestors used indigo leaves and ash wood. The dye pits in Nigeria’s ancient northern city of Kano are said to be the last ones of their kind after five centuries of existence.
The geometric fractal patterns were produced by first tying the garment and steeping it the mixture. Below is some of the traditional African American patterns. When most Americans see Tie dye we think “Hippies”, not Africans or African Americans. #PayHomage
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