Indigo Tie-Dye Workshop
Sunday, Dec 15th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Indigo Tie-Dye Workshops
In Association with International Folk Art Market
with Instructor, Gasali Adeyemo
Tie-Dye is the process of using raffia to tie fabric and then dying the fabric. There are a few different tie-dye techniques; the first is called stitch resist where the design is made using a needle to stitch the raffia into the fabric. The other method is done by hand using raffia to create designs. For this short workshop we will only be doing the hand tie technique with raffia. I will then teach how to dye the fabric and remove the raffia.
The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. Indigo has been used as a dye in Africa for a very long time. The Yoruba name for indigo is “elu”. 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.
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.
Please bring your own cloth, t-shirt, etc. to be tie-dyed. **They must be 100% cotton or 100% silk.***
My name is Gasali Adeyemo. I am the third born of five from a small rural village, Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. My mother was my first and most important teacher in learning the traditional arts of the Yoruba Tribe.
In 1990 I attended the Nike Center for Arts and Culture, where I remained for a total of six years. The first two years of my experience at the Nike Center was spent mastering the arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper. During the following four years, I spent long days teaching these skills to incoming students at the Nike Center.
Eventually the opportunity to exhibit my work and travel outside of Nigeria presented itself. This experience opened the door to greater opportunities and I have since been traveling the world conducting workshops and exhibitions. My recent workshops include Indigo Sutra in Kolkata India, Mendocino Art Center, and John Campbell Folk School. In the future, I plan to continue to travel worldwide, sharing the arts and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. I currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.