I know that when I think of indigo dyeing, I tend to think of shibori and the tradition of indigo dyeing in Japan. There are, however, several cultures around the world and through history that developed strong indigo dyeing traditions.
Gasali Adeyemo is a Nigerian Yoruba adire artist who now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Yoruba use a tying resist technique like shibori does, but also have a form that uses cassava paste as a starch resist. The starch is painted on using various stencils and instruments, allowed to dry, and then dyed with indigo. The process is fascinating!
Adeyemo talks about his work and the process in an interview here.
And be sure to take a look at his website for more information and also for a listing of where he'll be conducting workshops for the rest of this year.
Happy Creating! Deborah