Archive for the ‘Resist-Dyeing’ Category

Oct 04

Ikat The World Over

Handweaving of ikat cloth is not for sissies. The laborious and skillful process of resist-dyeing and weaving fine threads is not one quickly learned. Take me for instance–this resist-dyeing process has intrigued me since college when I spent a semester teaching myself warp ikat, studying whatever I could from the→ Read more

Sep 13

Bandhani to Shibori, How an Indian Artisan Innovates

It’s the strong pull of the tactile that brings forth memories. For Abdul Aziz Khatri from Kutch, India, it was the learning of bandhani, a resist-dyeing technique, at the feet of his elders that permeated his tactile senses providing a connection to cloth and imbedding cultural meaning.→ Read more

Jun 21

Indian Artisans and Design Education

It was a rare opportunity to meet Judy Frater, the Founder Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya (SKV), an institute for artisans’ education in Kutch, Gujarat, while attending Tinkuy in Cusco, Peru, in November, and again the following month on Christmas Eve in Oaxaca, Mexico, where we were visiting friends and→ Read more

Mar 08

Meet an Indian Woman Bandhani Artisan

Most bandhani artisans in Kutch-Gujurat, India, are men who come from the Khatri lineage—they create the designs and dye, and the women tie the fine dot, resist-dyed patterns. Zakiya Adil Khatri is changing that. From childhood on, Zakiya was deeply interested in handicrafts and knew she wanted to make a→ Read more

Dec 14

Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Peru

Last month, over 800 weavers, spinners, knitters, textile enthusiasts, and scholars attended Tinkuy, the third international gathering of textile artisans in Cusco, Peru. And what a gathering it was. Artisans came from near and far, from North to South America, from Europe to the Far East. The Center for Traditional→ Read more

Sep 14

Tie Dye Resist Indian Style

Of all artisan-made cloth, the tie-dye resist of Indian bandhani stumps most people. It’s a technique of creating patterns in cloth by tying small, continuous knots before it’s dyed. The areas where the knots are tied don’t allow the dye to penetrate, leaving these areas the color of the original→ Read more

Aug 17

Bandhani Artisan Imagines the Eclipse: Aziz Khatri

The moment of memory happened while ironing the Circle of Fire Eclipse Scarf created by Abdul Aziz Khatri of Kutch, India. This silken wrap transported me to March 29, 2006, in Anatalya, Turkey, where I viewed my first solar eclipse.  The colors of deep indigo, vermilion, and almost black washed→ Read more

Jan 19

Textile Travel Escape to Laos

What’s your response to receiving an email like this: “Last-minute offer—escape to textile heaven in Laos”? I immediately think: textile travel, peaceful and beautifully-lush country, more textile buying opportunities, visits with friends. I dash a quick reply to Narelle Grudgfield of 2World Textile Tours and asked for the itinerary.→ Read more

Aug 17

A Textile Tour of Tribal Weaving in Indonesia

“The most exciting textile tour you are ever likely to find – the trip of a lifetime!” This is the lead sentence for the Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia that hooked me this past May. Did it hook you? Indonesia has been at the top of→ Read more

Aug 11

Indian Artisans Design Beyond Traditions

Yearly, ClothRoads goes on the road to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. It’s a pilgrimage of sorts but it also means we carry textiles to and from the artisans who we represent. It’s our annual time to catch up with our global friends, to hear about their families→ Read more

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