Recreating Yoruba proverbial concepts on fabrics using “Kokoro” as a construction apparatus is the root of this exhibition. Patterns of designs in the exhibition are motivated by cultural and native experiences of Dr. Makinde as a Yoruba art scholar.
Dr. Makinde is an Associate Professor of Fine and Applied Arts with meritorious services at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria, a citadel where Yoruba cultural heritage is deeply cherished and appreciated. In that regard, the recreation of Yoruba proverbs in clothing materials can be perceived as his contribution to Yoruba heritage.
Lest we forget that traditional fabrics abound in South-Western Nigeria, and that textiles and clothings are so essential that no sane mind can step outside his room without covering up the body. The argument is that clothes cannot be found and worn without Textile artists and that embellishments as surface decoration on clothing materials gracefully harmonize human sensibilities provide psychological satisfaction and visual comfort to the entire human race.
In the exhibition, “Kokoro” (Insect) of varieties of species are dissected and approximated with seemingly Yoruba proverbs. There is more to the choice of “Kokoro” as a post-Doctoral philosophy, for example, the finest Yoruba clothing made of silk thread in the olden age was of “Kokoro”origin.
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