Christina Oshunniyi was born in London, lived in Nigeria but is now based in the UK. She founded Yorubatik which aims to create garments which showcases colourful Africa. She uses wax prints as well as other fabrics and does note the origin of this fabric. Wax prints, known in Nigeria as Ankara, is originally came from Indonesia but then spread over West Africa. The fabrics she uses definitely takes you on a journey through Africa “ A dramatic print on the fabric can signify the hustle and bustle in the busy streets of Lagos which you could be happy to wear as the print represent a bold, confident you.”
Yorubatik started as a one woman venture until a voluntary trip to Ghana (Koforidua) with the opportunity to work with women living with HIV/AIDS. In January 2010, Yorubatik accompanied ADAP (Africans for Development and Progress) to Ghana (Koforidua). Koforidua is one of the highly infected areas in Ghana with a very high percentage of men, women and children living with HIV-AIDS. These garments by Yorubatik goes towards Fairtrade work in Africa as they also voluntarily taught the women (pictured) how to create & work with Tie and Dye.
The aim of Yorubatik is to bring different seasons and feelings in one garment to the wearer. Alongside this the wide range of workshops – which range from African tie & dye and African dance – are created to empower, educate, enlighten children and teachers based around African art and culture.
The textiles they use are authentic and creative and their way to introduce beautiful colours and patterns. In their workshops the children they work with design their own patterns and these get created onto fabric allows the pupils to be familiarised with African tie and dye making. They end with an exhibition and presentation of work.
To book a Yorubatik tie and dye making or African dance workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
‘You can take the girl out of Africa but not Africa out of the girl’.