$800 usd
Tue Jan 16, 9:00 AM - Fri Jan 19, 4:00 PM, 2024 (EST)
Aya Fiber Studio, 170 NE Dixie Hwy, STUART, Florida, United States  

Learn the traditional Yoruba batik technique as well as the meaning behind the design used. This class is for students who would like to experiment more with color and learn how to use multiple colors within your batik.

Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The name that we call batik in the Yoruba tribe is adire alabela, which means wax resist. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. In my culture we primarily use foam rubber to apply the design to the fabric free hand.

I believe that batik is the way of creating so many beautiful colors. When I teach I always tell my students when you first start your batik process and you want many colors you should make sure you leave some space for the next color to be applied Traditionally in Nigeria the dye used for batik fabrics is a dye called Jaman dye or Prosion dye, which are both colored dyes.

After the fabric has been dyed, the wax must be removed. When removing the wax from a piece that has been dyed the fabric should be almost dry so that the color has time to set. To remove the wax, the fabric must be put into a large pot of boiling water to which 3 or 4 tablespoons of a mild, bleach free detergent has been added. After the fabric gets immersed in the boiling water for a few minutes it then gets placed in a large pot of cold water and gently agitated to remove any remaining wax. The fabric is then hung out to dry.

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. I teach the students both Tie-Dye techniques as well as how to dye the fabric and remove the raffia.


You can reserve your space in this class with a deposit of $180 and the balance 45 days before class


Gasali Adeyemo

  • Suzanne Connors
  • 3366934606
Aya Fiber Studio, 170 NE Dixie Hwy, STUART, Florida, United States