I'm still thinking about ways to tell you about India. It was so intense in such a short time. I look back at the pictures, and sometimes I can't understand why I didn't capture certain things to show you. And then I remember the heat, and that my brain was always a little fuzzy and it was probably enough for me just to look and listen and do nothing more. So, until I find a way in, I'm going to tell you about what I've done since. A project inspired by indigo.
In Jaipur, we saw handmade indigo-dyed paper.
All in all I probably ended up with a more Japanese shibori approach to my dyeing, but effective nonetheless.
re-tied it for a second dip.
I went cross-cultural again, using shibori thread to stitch my kantha.
And now for the great unveil – ta-dah, the finished skirt! I'm really happy with how it turned out. I wouldn't even change the intensity of the dye now, as I like the contrast between it and the yoke.
And the back…
Then what did I do? Well, I turned around and made another one of course! The second one was mostly made with fabrics I bought in India, although there is a mud-resist one I did in there too. It's also a little more subdued in its colourway which suits the person I made it for.
And there you have it… Over the coming weeks I'm sure I'll be telling you about the block printing and the mud-resist and the most exquisite embroidery, but for now thanks for letting me share my first India-inspired pieces with you.
Happy week everyone!