Àdirẹ Ẹlẹkọ or Cassava Starch Resist

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This course teaches how to make the traditional Yoruba techniques of fabric designing known as Adire Eleko which is also known as cassava starch resist.   It takes you through local and contemporary processes of achieving designs on fabric using this unique method.  The scene is set in Ibadan and Lagos in Nigeria.  The course consists of seven modules.  It introduces you to a bit of ethnography, taking you into the market space to buy materials that are organic and environmentally friendly. The stenciling method is what is taught in this series of classes and the dyeing process involves the use of vat dyes. the course also teaches how the interesting age-long process of hand beetling for finishing of the fabrics is done.   At the close of the course, you would have learned from scratch how to make your own Adire eleko designs and patterns.


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What Will You Learn?

  • The course will give you in-depth knowledge on how to make Cassava Starch resist on cotton fabric.
  • Desizing a Fabric
  • Sourcing Cassava Starch Paste
  • Cooking Cassava Starch Paste
  • Making a Stencil
  • Stenciling Adire Eleko
  • Dyeing the Fabric
  • Rinsing the Starch off the Fabric
  • Finishing the Adire Eleko Fabric

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  • Making Cassava Starch Paste
  • Desizing a Fabric
  • Stenciling Adire Eleko
  • Cutting a Stencil
  • Dyeing the Fabric
  • Rinsing Cassava Starch from the Fabric
  • Finishing the Fabric and Hand

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