Indigo Blade & Spiral T-shirt | MEDIUM
INDIGO TIE DYE
We were lucky enough to procure a few hand tied and dyed t-shirts by renown Nigerian textile artist Gasali Adeyemo, which we are offering exclusively through our website.
Gasali mostly works with cotton yardage (which we are also offering on our site) and traditional Nigerian clothing silhouettes, but he creates about a dozen or so cotton t-shirts a year as well. He uses uses the traditional tie-dye techniques of Nigeria, tying each knot in the fabric with raffia or thread, and then dyeing the t-shirt with powerful natural Nigerian indigo. Since it is so labor intensive, each t-shirt takes Gasali about a month to complete.
The Spiral & Blade t-shirt is made using 2 different tying techniques. Gasali then dips the piece in his indigo vat about 15 times to reach the perfect shade of deep blue. There is only one t-shirt available in size Medium. He uses 100% Cotton pre-shrunk to-shirts that are nice and soft, and meant to be worn slightly oversized (the Model is is wearing a size Medium)
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Size + Details
Measurements of t-shirt laying flat:
Chest Width: 19"
Cross Shoulder: 17.5"
Total Length: 26.75”
T-shirt is 100% pre-shrunk Cotton
*Please note that through the tying process, the fabric of the t-shirt gets pulled and cinched so that the measurements of the t-shirt
may vary from the original measurements (before dyeing). Please note the current measurements above to determine size.
Care + Wear
Indigo-dyed garments should be washed separately in cold water.
Plant-derived indigo has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. The Yoruba name for indigo is “elu”. Throughout Nigerian history indigo has been used for medicine as well as a dye; it cures an upset stomach. Indigo is also used to ward off viruses; houses are painted with indigo to prevent the sickness from entering.
Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. During the beginning of the rainy season the leaves are harvested and then dried. After they have dried they are formed into little balls which are then used to prepare the dye.
About the Artist
GASALI ADEYEMO is the third born of five from a small rural village, Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. His mother is a trader and his father, a farmer. Although his family was rich in spirit and culture, they were poor in capital and Gasali sponsored his own education at St. George Elementary and Ido Osun High School. From a very young age, he realized his artistic potential and he would attend social gatherings, such as weddings, naming and burial ceremonies, and other cultural parties where he offered to sketch portraits of the guests for a small donation. His sketching career combined with long, hard days working on the village farms provided adequate income to successfully complete his academic education through high school.
Gasali discovered the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in 1990, where he remained for a total of six years. The first two years of his experience at the Nike Center was spent mastering the arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper. During the following four years, he spent long days teaching these skills to incoming students at the Nike Center.
Eventually, the popularity of the Nike Center grew and hundreds of people came to Osogbo, Nigeria, from all over the world to study and enrich their knowledge and understanding of the arts and culture of the Yoruba people. Gasali spent much of his time conducting workshops and training these people in the crafts of his culture.
In 1995, his artwork was exhibited in Bayreuth, Germany, alongside the work of five other artists from Nigeria. His work made quite an impact, and many people traveled to Osogbo looking for the artist named Gasali. People who were exposed to his work later commissioned him to do quilt work and his artistic career began to blossom.
In 1996, Gasali was invited to the University of Iowa to do a series of exhibitions and workshops. Once there, the Octagon Gallery in Ames, Iowa, took notice of his work and offered to exhibit it. He was also invited to work with a group of teenagers doing storytelling and art workshops to share with them the traditions of his Yoruba culture.
These experiences in Iowa opened the door to greater opportunities. He has traveled the world conducting workshops and exhibitions. His recent workshops include the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., Snow Farm, and Fiber Arts Center. In the future, he plans to continue to travel worldwide, sharing the arts and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Gasali currently resides in Santa Fe, NM.