The Funtua Adire makes use of raw cotton grown, harvested and processed in Katsina state, Northern Nigeria. The name ‘Funtua’ is from the town in Katsina (Funtua) where cotton plant is grown and spun. The textile mill where the fabric is woven has existed since Nigeria’s cotton industry boom in the 1970s and is a joint venture between a Chinese manufacturer and Katsina’s government, boasting of 90 percent local staff working under slow but deliberate conditions.
The raw cotton plant is a long staple cotton between 30mm to 40mm grown across Nigeria and the cotton yarns produced are woven loosely using a traditional weave which makes the cotton fabric extremely breathable, malleable and soft.
When the funtua cotton fabric arrives Lagos, the workers at our dye-pits complete the final stage of desizing the fabrics before they are decorated with fascinating designs and dyed with interesting colours just like this V design…
The V design
Twines are used on the fabric to form the letter V and the result is this beautifully fabric dyed in colors that meet at points where they produce another new color.
The feeling that comes with opening every page of the V design is one to look forward to. It is a bouquet of surprise.