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.***