Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-Dye with Indigo

July 28 - August 1, 2023

Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-Dye with Indigo


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $65

Learn the traditional Nigerian dyeing and printing techniques of Batik, Adire Eleko and Tie-Dye. Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. Discover the history and use of Indigo dye to create stunning pieces with practices that include wax, yucca paste resist, raffia and other methods. Participants will learn the personal history, culture and meaning behind the designs being taught for a well-rounded understanding and experience.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Gasali Adeyemo

Gasali Adeyemo was born in the small rural village of Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. From a very young age, he realized his artistic potential and would attend social gatherings such as weddings, naming and burial ceremonies, and other cultural parties offering to sketch portraits of the guests for a small donation. He discovered the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in 1990, where he remained for a total of six years. The first two years were spent mastering batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper with the following four years spent teaching these skills to incoming students. In 1995, Gasali’s artwork was exhibited in Bayreuth, Germany alongside the work of five other artists from Nigeria launching his career. In 1996, the opportunity arose for him to travel outside of Nigeria for the first time when he was invited to come to the University of Iowa to do a series of exhibitions and workshops. Once there, the Octagon Gallery in Ames, Iowa took notice of his work and offered to exhibit it and he was also invited to work with a group of teenagers doing storytelling and art workshops to share with them the traditions of his own Yoruba culture. He has since traveled the world conducting more workshops and exhibitions. He has recently taught workshops at the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., Snow Farm, and the Fiber Arts Center. Gasali plans to continue to travel worldwide, sharing the arts and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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