The Ogun State’s Adire fabric merchants have demanded that the sale of fake, Chinese-made adire be stopped.
The traders made the announcement as they set out on an advocacy walk in Abeokuta to educate consumers and merchants about the risks of purchasing tainted Chinese adire.
In an effort to protect the state’s cultural legacy, the merchants petitioned Governor Dapo Abiodun to put a stop to the selling of Chinese adire.
As one of the merchants, Ogunfidodo Michael, lamented to the press, “Is pushing the locally made adire into extinction” due to the flood of tainted Chinese adire into the local market.
We’re raising awareness about the potential harm caused by adire knockoffs. He said, “It’s not adire; it’s a synthetic cloth that’s ubiquitous around the world.”