West African Indigo Dyeing Techniques
An in-person class with Sandra Chandler
Nov 12, 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm PST
Learn West African Indigo Dye techniques while exploring the history of Nigerian Indigo designs.
Join Sandra on a journey as she introduces the traditional Yoruba techniques of Batilk, Adire Eleko, and Tie-Dye. A brief history of indigo dyeing in the West African country of Nigeria adds context to the meanings behind many of the designs.
Discover the process of creating designs using wax as a resist. We will use woodblock stamps, stencils, and freehand designs to produce a pattern.
Once you learn the resist technique, we will learn how to prepare cotton fabric for the dyeing process. The next step is to prepare the indigo vat and then dip the fabrics in the vat. The workshop concludes with dyeing the whole pieces of yardage.
If you love all things blue, this workshop is a must.
There is a required materials fee of $35 collected during class.
• Use of woodblocks
• Use of paintbrushes
• Use of blocks, wooden sticks, rubber bands, clamps
• 1 Pair of gloves
• Use of Indigo vat
• 1 yard 100% Cotton
• 2 yards additional 100% Cotton Fabrics