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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Batik inspired mani

this nail art technique has been trending last summer and has found a comeback recently in new year’s manis. 

thought I’d try it.

used white acrylic paint over black, and OPI sheer tints.

remember these sheer colors give a new color when they overlap, which gives a cool rainbow/gradient effect when aligned properly.

blue+yellow= green


check out the video tutorial on my instagram account @danahsnails

تصميم الباتيك

درج استخدام هذه الطريقة في الصيف الفائت و قد انتشرت مؤخرا بمناسبة تصاميم رأس السنة و فكرت أن اجربها

استخدمت اصباغ توب كوت الشفاف الملون من


و يمتاز هذا النوع بشفافية جميلة لألوانه بحيث تعطي الوان جديدة اذا ما تقاطعت المساحات بينها و يمكن الحصول على شكل تدرج طيفي اذا تم وضعها بترتيب مناسب

و كما تعرفون 

ازرق + اصفر = اخضر

اصفر + وردي = برتقالي

و لا تنسو مشاهدة الفيديو التعليمي على اكاونتي في الانستاجرام @danahsnails


We hear from Hmong artisans who explain the batik and indigo process, show us the meaning behind some of their traditional patterns and then give us insights into the challenges they face in accessing new, international markets with their products. The Hmong artisan interviewed speaks in Vietnamese for the interview but briefly sings a lullaby song in her native Hmong tongue later in the film.