Nike Davies-Okundaye: A Retrospective
Nike is a Nigerian batik and textile designer, considered to be the foremost designer on the west coast of Africa. She was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying as practiced in her home town of Ogidi, Kogi State, in North Central Nigeria, though she has become known for a modern approach to traditional themes in her colourful batik and paintings. Over the past twenty years she has given workshops on traditional Nigerian textiles to audiences in the United States and Europe. Finding that the traditional methods of weaving and dying that had been her original inspiration were fading in Nigeria, Davies set about launching a revival of this aspect of Nigerian culture, building art centers offering free courses for young Nigerians to learn traditional arts and crafts. Nike has more than 150 students in Europe and America.
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