Adire eleko uses cassava paste, applied with a chicken feather or a straw from a broom stick, to lay down a resist. The resist is somewhat permeable, which results in the blue-on-blue patterning, rather than the higher contrast of batik.
|Gasali's sample: adire eleko, prior to dyeing|
|adire eleko sample|
|adire eleko, sample 2|
|Gasali's batik demo: such skilled and confident lines!|
The two-day workshop was a welcome break from my too-busy and frenetic way of things, and a reminder of the virtues of slowing down for a bit and taking the time to truly appreciate and enjoy life. Instead of feeling tired from a hard day's work, I left each day of the class feeling re-energized and inspired. Indeed, I made further progress on my indigo quilt top in the evenings after the workshop, as well as nearly every day for the past two weeks. What a wonderful experience!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced. There's more to say about Gasali's workshop--stay tuned!