DASHIKIS AND KENTE CLOTH SCARVES
Under the instruction of Mr. Ndoye, Ms. France Garrido, and Mrs. Liz Cohen Ndoye, art students will explore the history of textile design on the African continent. They will talk about the techniques of batik and tie dye. Each of the three artists will show samples of different types of African fabric.
Mr. Ndoye, who hails from Dakar, Senegal, he will show the students his tie dyed and mud cloth clothing that his mother has made for him. He will talk about the importance of material making and fabric design in African cultures.
Each of the artists will then helps students make and design their own dashiki and kente cloth scarves. Kente is from Ghana and dashikis or dashiki style shirts are worn all over Africa.
When completed students will share their designs and talk about how clothing and fabric are universal art forms. They will learn that what one wears tells a great deal about a persons sense of style, taste, and cultural background. A greater appreciation for cross cultural aesthetics will be built through these discussions and activities.
The art concepts of pattern, movement and rhythm will be emphasized and taught. Love of the skills and techniques used by African artists will be fostered.