Traditional Yoruba Batik Workshop with Indigo

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Date(s) - 09/24/2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

205 Genesee St
Auburn, New York 13021


Learn the traditional Yoruba batik technique as well as the meaning behind the designs used in this 3-day workshop. Both hand painted and stamp techniques will be taught, and the cloth will be dyed in organic indigo from Nigeria. The Yoruba tribe calls batik dyeing adire alabela, which means wax resist. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. Traditionally in Nigeria, the dye used for batik fabrics is a dye called Jaman dye or Procion dye, which are both colored dyes. However, indigo is currently the common dye used. 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 sickness from entering.

INSTRUCTOR: Gasali Adeyemo

DATES: Sept 22-24, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST:  $450 for Schweinfurth members, $460 for nonmembers.


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