Five Random Mistakes Made in Adire Making. 

The outbreak of Covid-19 which left all the nations of the world on lock-down for months had a major toll on everyone, but irrespective of that, a good number of us just had to get pre-occupied and get busy so we don’t lose our minds sitting at home all day.

The Nation-wide lockdown led us to introduce an online course on Adire making. This sparked a lot of interest from participants across the globe, and the high demand for acquiring the skill in adire making superseded our expectations. Even after the lockdown has been eased, a lot of people are still showing interest and signing up for the course.

During the course of the training, we noticed, that there were some reoccurring mistakes beginners encountered, so we have decided to address these issues and correct them.

Five (5) Random Mistakes

  • Loose Resist (raffia, twine, thread, rubber, etc).
  • Low-quality fabrics/clothing.
  • Multiple-use of same dye mix.
  • Extremely hot wax.
  • Candle splash all over the fabric.

  • Loose Resist; while knotting your fabric, ensure the resist (twine, thread) is properly tied so it would prevent the dye from taking the overall part of the fabric, to ensure the end product is superb.
  • Low-quality fabrics/clothing; The quality of the fabric is a huge determining factor in adire making. If the fabric you’re working with isn’t 100% authentic, the dye will not penetrate properly and the fabric will come out looking faded, which would mar your work.
  • Multiple-use of the same dye mix; Reusing the same dye mix on a different fabric will leave it looking faded and with multiple patches. Throwing away the dye mix after just one use may seem like a waste, Here’s what you can do. Store it in a bucket that has a lid, when working on another design that will warrant you to use the same dye color, mix a fresh dye, and add the previous one to ensure it’s active.
  • Extremely hot wax; Before you set out to begin your batik design, ensure the wax completely melts and after it does, reduce the heat and commence your work. If the wax gets too hot while you’re designing, wait for 15 minutes before you proceed. one of the aftermaths of extremely hot wax is; the wax not penetrating the fabric enough to show at the back (This simply means, the said part will not be resisted when dipped into a bath of dye) and the second after-effect is the designs spreading out (looking wider) of its natural state and thereby affecting the final look.
  • Candle splash all over the fabric; When making batik designs, try to be cautious so you don’t have unwanted dots all over your fabric at the end of the day. Always shake the stamp over the pot of melted wax after every dip before placing it on the fabric. One has to be extremely cautious while stamping batik designs because multiple drops of candle wax on the fabric, simply means those spots will be resisted when dyed, and this can disrupt the final look.

Nevertheless, we always remind our participants that consistency is key, and when you remain consistent with the adire art, sooner than you think, you will get better.


  • Mbetobong John
    Posted October 10, 2020 10:55 pm 0Likes

    Thank you Adire lounge. I’m a beginner textile artist and the tips are sure helpful

    • adire_admin
      Posted October 13, 2020 8:34 am 0Likes

      You’re welcome, John. We are glad to be of help.

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