Thursday, March 2, 2023
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Leung Conference Room, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street
Reception to follow.
Victor Alabi will discuss the forms and functions of clothing in Yoruba culture. Alabi considers situational contexts of clothing such as palaces, festivals, and ceremonies, and the roles of clothing in such contexts. Moreover, Alabi examines how the Yoruba people communicate through clothing and how clothing performs iconic, symbolic, and indexical functions. In addition, prints on clothing perform various acts such as advising individuals. These issues are explored in the presentation. For instance, the form of dressing could give information about an individual such as the age group, marital status, or even the current emotional state of an individual. Using Yoruba film excerpts, Alabi shows various examples of how communication is made with Yoruba clothing.