Adire Elecko, African Textile Workshop

Levels: All

Offered: 2 Saturdays, 12/7/19 & 12/14/19,

Instructor: Donna Thompson

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

With their own unique designs, students will make a resist patterned textile pillow, inspired by the artwork of the Yoruba people from Nigeria in West Africa.  Students will learn the dyeing technique of Adire Elecko (hand painted with indigo dye) to complete their Adire Oniko cloth (term for tie dyed fabric) on the back of their pillows.


The Adire Eleko cloth is a personal piece of art.  It represents the artist and their family through the creation of patterns using symbolic and geometric designs. In this workshop, we will be using a starch resist that is like Adire and also a contemporary dyeing agent instead of the traditional indigo. The class will be broken down into two days as follows:


Day one 12/7/19 (12pm-4pm): Design &  Apply resist

Day two 12/14/19 (12pm-2pm): Paint fabric, tie dye fabric, &  make pillow


Bring three ideas for your design.

For instance: fur babies, hobbies, sewing, skiing, surfing, bowling, gardening, cooking, music










Donna Thompson B.F.A, M.A. in Art Education.

 A professional art educator and practicing artist.

Retired Instructor, Art Education San Jose State University

Fulbright Faculty Exchange, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt/San Jose State University.

Twenty five years teaching art with an emphasis on world culture.



Materials Fee: Materials will be provided for $10.00 due at the beginning of class

Fee: $99.00 Join Now