Conserving an Adzido Pan African Dance Costume

In this ASMR video, watch and listen as Senior Textile Conservator Susana Fajardo works on a pair of colourful raffia leg wraps. These were part of a costume worn by a dancer from the Adzido Pan African Dance Company between 1999 – 2001.

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation beginning on the scalp and moving down the neck, which can be triggered by a delicate or satisfying auditory or visual experience.

These leg wraps appeared in Adzido's 1999 – 2001 production, Sankofa, where the Adzogbo dance which originates from Benin, West Africa, was used as the show's finale.

7-part costume for a dancer of the Adzogbo in Benin featuring green, yellow and red striped raffia leg wraps which fall from above the knees.
Costume worn by a dancer from Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, about 1999. Museum no. S.806-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Watch as Susana tidies up the strands of brightly coloured raffia, separating the front and back sections whilst gently untangling knots so that the costume can be displayed on a mannequin.

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