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Traditional African Batik - with Gasali Adeyemo
Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The name that we call batik in the Yoruba tribe is adire alabela, which means wax resist. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. In my culture we primarily use foam rubber to apply the design to the fabric free hand. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo.. Indigo is an organic substance. It comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. During the beginning of the rainy season the leaves are harvested and then dried. After they have dried they are formed into little balls which are then used to prepare the dye.The Yoruba name for indigo is “elu”. Indigo has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Since the olden days indigo has been used for medicine as well as a dye; it cures an upset stomach. Indigo is also used to ward off viruses; houses are painted with indigo to prevent the sickness from entering. After the fabric has been dyed, the wax must be removed.
Materials students should bring: 2 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. Materials fee includes Indigo, wax and tools.
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 these centers to foster Nigerian cultural heritage and provide workspace for Nigerian artists and craftsmen to practice and share their trades. (nikeart.com/artcenters) 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).
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.
This class requires a minimum of two students. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.
Non-Member: $200 (Member $175)
Materials Fee: $25
Materials fee is paid at first class meeting.