Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 6

Tie and Dye

Subject: Creative Arts

Topic: Tie and Dye

Duration: 40 mins

Reference: Comprehensive Cultural and Creative Arts for primary school book 6

Previous knowledge: Pupils are familiar with Drawing

Objective: At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

  1. Explain the meaning of tie and dye.
  2. List materials used for tie and dye.
  3. State various materials for making tie and dye.


A tie is either a natural or synthetic substance that is used to add colour to something. Tie and dye is a craft that involves fabric decorations. The words “Tie” and “Dye” where derived from the Yoruba name “Adire”. “D” means “Tie” and “Re” means to soak. Tie and dye is an art of fabric decoration whereby fabric is tied, stitched or clamped in a special way to prevent the absorption of dye on certain parts of the fabric when it is soaked in a dye solution.

Materials used for tie and dye

  1. Fabric or cloth (preferably white)
  2. Rubber or leather gloves
  3. Plastic bowl
  4. Dye
  5. Cooker and stove
  6. Scissors and knife
  7. Table spoon or container for measuring.

Tie and Dye production process

  1. Folding method
  1. Fold the fabric into forming a square shape
  2. Fold the square shape into a triangle
  3. Fold the longest side of the triangle, start folding in and out. Continue the fold until the cloth is made into a narrow a strip.
  4. Double the strip so that the two pointed ends meet. Then use raffia to tie it round to keep it in position.
  1. Tying method
  1. Tying with pebbles
  2. Circle tying method
  1. Twisting and coiling
  1. Twist the fabric as tight as possible. Let somebody hold one end or tie it to a door handle. Next, twist the fabric until it cannot be twisted again.
  2. Let the strip double back on itself, from the middle to form a rope like coil. Tie it in various places. It is then ready for dyeing.


Step I: Teacher revises previous lesson with pupils

Step II: Teacher introduces and explains new topic to pupils

Step III: Pupils are allowed to ask questions

Step IV: Teacher writes notes on the board for pupils.


  1. Define Tie and Dye
  2. What is the Yoruba word from which the words “Tie” and “Dye” were derived?
  3. List five materials used for tie and dye

Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.

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