Dyeing with indigo and Batik painting - Nigerian Adire method

Subject: Textiles
Dates: 10 November 2018 - 8 December 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Genista Dunham
Full price
£ 385

Learn the art of Adire batik dyeing, using indigo pigment with wax painting, drawing reference upon traditional designs combined with inspired contemporary everyday motifs.

Indigo resist dyed cotton cloths are made to this day by women in Yorubaland, South-Western Nigeria. Resist-dyeing involves creating a pattern by treating certain parts of the fabric to prevent them absorbing dye. Raffia is tied around the cloth, known as adire oniko. A great variety of patterns can be produced using this method. For example, small circles can be created by tying stones or seeds into the cloth and then binding the fabric beneath it tightly.

On this course students will:

  • Create your own new designs and visual language.
  • Make a natural indigo pigment with mordant, and combine with tea stain
  • Learn to wax paint with feathers and tjantings pens.
  • Consolidate/ fix the design through heating

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided. You may find it useful to bring a notebook for note-taking.

What days do I attend?


Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Image: Woman's wrapper from the collection of the Museum of Fine Art Boston

Tutor biography

Genista Dunham

Genista Dunham is a 2015 graduate of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and comes from a fine art background having studied at the Slade. She is interested in both Christian and Pagan themes, the strongest aspect being allegorical stories. She is interested in transformation from matter to spirit using images of the natural world: flora, fauna and particularly birds. In her work, in ceramics and glass, she has experimented relentlessly with painting techniques and explorations of surface treatments.

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