Culture - St. Helena, S.C. and Yoruba, Nigeria | A Natural State

Adesola Falade processes indigo and designs fabrics for Arienne’s studio and boutique, the Ibile Indigo House. Ibile (pronounced E-be-lae) is a West African word meaning, "those who are messengers from our ancestors." Adesola says St. Helena’s culture, climate and landscape have some similarities to his Yoruban home in Nigeria, though his village is much smaller than the St. Helena Island community. The Yoruba are known for their advanced indigo dying and batik skills.