Adire: West African Dyeing

Create Aso Adire (indigo-dyed fabric) using resist and dyeing techniques from the Yoruba culture of West Africa. We will celebrate the blending of this traditional art form with a contemporary vision. We will create textiles that will pulse with geometric shapes, patterns, rhythms and improvisation. This resist dyeing method enlivens traditional garments and popular modern wearable art. Learn about its designs and how to achieve them using wax, string, beads, cotton and rayon fabric and procion dyes.

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Bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • 2 medium-sized sewing needles
  • Two types of cotton string (do not substitute nylon or other fibers):
    • 100% cotton kite string from a local toy store
    • 100% cotton package string from a local hardware store
  • 6 yards of 100% cotton fabric: broadcloth, cotton sateen, etc. No silk!
  • 100% cotton t-shirts for dying
  • An assortment of paintbrushes – 1 each small, medium and large – for wax resist.
    Please note: You will not be able to use these brushes for anything but wax after this.
  • A pair of plastic gloves. Bluettes are best.

The following are available at your local hardware store:

  • 1 heavy-duty respirator for your protection while mixing dyes
  • 1 pair of plastic safety glasses
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 4 plastic dish-washing pans

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

Instructor: Ifé Franklin    

This class will be offered in our Spring/Summer 2015 catalog, due out in mid to late February 2015.

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