Nigeria’s ‘Mama Nike’ empowers women through art | CNN

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Award-winning designer Nike Davies Okundaye has pioneered a global revival of Nigeria’s ancestral dark blue cloth-dyeing art.

Displayed in major international exhibitions, her colorful creations share the themes from her Yoruba culture with the rest of the world.

While the veteran textile designer has enjoyed success abroad, her attention is focused on her homeland, where she’s embarked on a mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged Nigerian women through art.

At her workshop in southwest Nigeria, Okundaye teaches the unique techniques of indigo cloth dyeing, also known as Adire, to rural women. By doing so, she’s hoping to revive not just the centuries-old tradition, but the lives of these women as well.

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