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Textile sessions come under the second fine art activity we offer. Here, workshops are undertaken in two main areas. Tie and dye making and batik making. Like the clay modelling activities, we sometimes refer to these as crafts.

These are also hands-on activities. Our techniques for tie and dye involve the folding and tying of fabric in different ways and dipping into various dye colours. Fabric may be tied with string or elastic bands.  Batik involves the drawing of patterns, images or designs in wax onto fabric before dyes are coloured in. 

With health and safety in mind, two methods of wax application are used for Batik:

  1. Drawing with wax crayons (safer for young children).
  2. Drawing with hot wax using a brush, canting or stamp motive.

Each technique has its advantages. Appropriate method is usually decided when planning a workshop visit. Sometimes a variety of techniques are explored, adapting to suite age groups and to produce a range of different finishes or effects.

Cultural and technical links are drawn from the woven fabric and printing industry in parts of Africa. Artists also use the display and modelling of costumes, clothes and accessories to highlight points of discussion or to generally inspire pupils and other participants. This is a key feature in some introductory assemblies and drama sessions.

Traditional methods for making dyes are sometimes discussed. The use of natural dyes derived from vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and their historic links maybe explored. Most of the best dyes used by professionals are not suitable for use in the school environment. Our artists currently use a chemical dye range, which are safe for use by all (beginners/ learners and professionals).


Textile activities are usually done with one class at a time. This allows up to four sessions in the school day.