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TRADITIONAL YORUBA ADIRE TIE DYE with Gasali Adeyema

April 22 - April 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

“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, tie-dye 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 tie-dye techniques using raffia; the first “Stitch Resist” uses a needle to stitch the raffia into the fabric to create resist designs. The other method is done by hand using raffia to create designs. Students will have the opportunity to use both of these Tie-Dye techniques and will learn traditional preparation and use of “elu” – wild Indigo, a dye used in Africa for at least 2000 years for both its color and as a medicinal plant. Note: Materials fee of $25 includes Indigo, raffia and tools. Students must 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.

Gasali Onireke Adeyemo was born in a small rural village in Nigeria. His father is a farmer and his mother a trade. They  worked hard to raise their five children. Though his family would be considered poor by American standards, they were rich in spirit and culture.

From an early age, Gasali realized that he had artistic potential. He earned extra money by attending social gatherings, such as weddings, naming and burial ceremonies, and other cultural events, to sketch portraits of the guest. That together with working long hard days on village farms, provided enough income to successfully complete his academic education.

He then turned his attention to developing  his artistic skills. He spent the next six years at the Nike© Center for Arts and Culture. This center is named for “Nike”, Oyenike Monica Okundaye, a renowned African textile artist who achieved international fame for her adire and batik works, which celebrate the social practices and cosmic drama of Yoruba tradition. Nike used her international success to launch the first of now four centers in 1983 -- the purpose of which is to foster Nigerian cultural heritage and provide workspace for Nigerian artists and craftspeople to practice and share their trades. These centers offer free training to young artists and house one the largest art gallery in West Africa. (http://nikeart.com)

There, Gasali mastered the arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper. He then stayed on at the center  to teach these skills to incoming students. As the Nike Center grew in popularity, hundreds of people came to Osogbo, Nigeria from all over the world to study the arts and culture of the Yoruba people.

In 1995, Gasali and five other Nigerian artists exhibited their work in Bayreuth, Germany. Soon after people began to show up in Osogbo looking for the artist named Gasali, and his artistic career began to bloom. Since that moment Gasali has traveled the world conducting workshops, exhibiting his work and sharing the stories and  traditions of his Yoruba culture. 

Fortunately, Gasali  now lives in Santa Fe and has agreed to conduct two of  his wonderful  workshops at EVFAC this year. They are not to be missed!

Non-Member: $200 (Member $175)

Material Fee: $25
Material fee is paid at first class meeting.