Preparing the cassava resist
The large, starchy tuber of the cassava plant is grated and boiled in water until it becomes a thick paste.
Applying the design
The cassava starch is just the right sticky consistency to apply the detailed patterns. The traditional designs are organized into square blocks. The cloth is folded to the width of one square and then unfolded as each row of blocks is completed.
The completed design
is hung to dry thoroughly. In the humid Nigerian climate this may take several days for the resist to become strong enough to go into the dye pot.