Constellations of spirals, dots and circles speckle cotton and silk fabric as dark as the African sky.
That fabric and its iterations in T-shirts and scarves will drape the booth of Nigerian indigo dyer Gasali Adeyemo at this year’s 13th Annual International Folk Art Market.
Gasali, who lives in Santa Fe, creates fabrics of silk and cotton using batik, tie-dye and indigo in the traditional adire technique. Adire is traditional Yoruba hand-painted cloth. Artists create patterns by tying and stitching the fabric with raffia or cotton thread, or by using chicken feathers to paint with cassava paste made from African tubers. The paste acts as a resist dye, creating white patterns against the blue.