More than 100 women have been engaged to undertake free training, sponsored by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and CEO and Director of Adire Textile Hub, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi.
The effort was part of the plan to foster wealth creation in the community and also to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day, which is observed yearly.
The exercise was made accessible to all women of all ages and social groups.
Among the participants were grandmothers, members of the Christian Association on Nigeria (CAN), students, house wives, retirees and young victims of trafficking and celebrities, amongst others.
Ademiluyi shed light on the purpose of the initiative being pushed by the Ooni of Ife while also educating the participants on their importance in society.
Chairman and CEO of Hercules Industries Ltd, Basorun Adeniyi Adeoye, encouraged participants to take the workshop seriously after which they can become self-sufficient and useful to themselves and society.
The participants were taken on the theoretical and practical aspects of Adire making and were subsequently divided into six groups.
Each group was headed by a trainer who put them through the art of batiking, marbling, tie and dye, needle-work Adire, Adire eleko, candle wax, and screen printing, amongst others.
Beneficiaries of the exercise were also provided with training materials including fabrics, dye, wax, stencils, needles, and fabric ink.
The learning materials meant to facilitate learning from designing to final production were sponsored by Toby from SPAC Nation in the United Kingdom to support the programme.
Ademiluyi expressed appreciation to the Ooni for the privilege to impact the community.
She also commended the instructors and staff for their input in the success of the programme.
She said: “Adire Odua Textile hub is open to all students from across the nation for free training in the craftsmanship of Adire making. It is also open for vocational training and apprenticeship for young people who are interested in learning.”