Probably one of the most misunderstood Orisa is Oba, until you receive her. Then you wonder how you survived at all without her. She is sometimes known as a woman’s Orisa, however, Oba helps all who need and respect her. No one should be abused—female or male.
Oba frowns on parasitic relationships, even when we are the parasite. She advocates love, independence and respect within relationships. When I received Oba, I felt another backbone being constructed in my intellectual and emotional well-being.
Oba has many attributes. Among them is her ability for quick, up close work, which is why she carries a dagger. She is commerce and navigation. She is the writer. One of her responsibilities is writing the names of the dead in her book.
This post highlights my interpretation of a book for Oba.
There are three signatures inside to create 12 pages. I tea-dyed the inside signatures because I wanted the pages to reference a soft, antique look. The pages (signatures) are machine stitched horizontally to give the appearance of lines on a page and then machine zig-zagged stitched around the edges.
The front cover also includes a quill to be used as her writing instrument. The entire front and back covers are then machine stitched using free-motion wandering called stippling. I used Oba’s ileke colors to densely bead the book’s front and back cover edges.