Learning the Art of Batik in Ziguinchor, Senegal
Beige fabric, drizzled with hot wax and dipped into buckets of blue and yellow dye, transforms into an intricate painting of a village scene. Three yards of brilliant red, coated in wax, crinkled and dipped, tie a baby to his mother’s back. The vitality of Senegalese culture is reflected in the vibrancy of its batik textiles, and in Ziguinchor you can learn the art at Sherif’s workshop near the Guinea-Bissau Consulate (ask around or look for the sign on the side of the road). Sherif will guide you through the process, and his family will likely show you true Senegalese taranga (hospitality) with tea or rice while you wait for your creations to dry.