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Dr. Judith Byfield, associate professor of African history at Cornell, discusses how cloth and clothing played significant roles in political debates and developments in the Yoruba town of Abeukuta. Byfield presented her research on Nov. 4, 2008 in the Africana Center.

Byfield received her PhD in 1993 from Columbia University where she focused on African and Caribbean histories and cultures. Her first book, "The Bluest Hands: A Social and Economic History of Women Indigo Dyers in Western Nigeria, 1890-1940," examined the indigo dyeing industry in Abeokuta, a Yoruba town in western Nigeria.