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Traditional Yoruba Adire - with Gasali Adeyemo
“When teaching I always begin by telling the students a little about myself and my culture; I explain the meanings behind the designs and a give a short demonstration of the methods before the students begin.“ - Gasali
Nigerian artist Gasali Adeyamo will teach Yoruba techniques of Adire dying as he learned it at the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in Oshogbo Nigeria. “Adire” means resist in the Yaruba language. In this class students will learn two resist dyeing techniques using tied raffia: the first “Stitch Resist” uses a needle to stitch the raffia into the fabric to create elegant designs. The second method is done by hand using raffia tying alone to create the designs. Students will have the opportunity to use both of these Adire techniques and will learn traditional preparation and use of “elu” – wild Indigo. This dye has been used in Africa for at least 2000 years for both its color and as a medicinal plant.
Note: Materials fee of $25 includes indigo, rafia and tools.
Materials students should provide: Two or more yards of PFD cotton for the class. PFD means “prepared for dyeing”. PFD cloth can be purchased or prepared by washing the fabric with detergent and making sure no finishing chemicals, such as fabric softener, are left in the cloth. The cloth can be white or a light color.
Gasali Adeyemo studied and taught at the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in his homeland of Nigeria. “Nike,” Oyenike Monica Okundaye, is a renowned African textile artist who opened the center to foster Nigerian cultural heritage and provide workspace for Nigerian artists and craftsmen to practice and share their trades. Gasali has settled in Santa Fe, NM and travels the world teaching traditional Yoruba techniques of Adire, tie-dye, and batik. He imports indigo balls from “back home” (Nigeria).
This class requires a minimum of three students. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.
Non-Member: $180 (Member $165)
Materials Fee: $25
Materials fee is paid at first class meeting.