Shibori is a traditional Japanese dyeing technique that involves creating patterns on fabric by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it before dyeing. All done by hands using natural dyes that plays an crucial role in the final design. The fabric is folded and dyed, with areas left undyed in the resist process resulting in unique patterns at play.
Ruchita's hands on involvement in every stage of the process is what sets or designs apart - with it's mesmerizing play of patterns and hues.
Block printing is traditional practice of printing designs onto fabric using hand-carved wooden or linoleum blocks. The process involves creating a design on a block, which is then inked with natural dyes and pressed onto the surface to be printed. The artisans places the block precisely on the entire yard of fabric and applies pressure evenly to transfer the dye from the block to the fabric, one by one. This is repeated multiple times to create the desired pattern. The precision and skill of the artisan play a crucial role in ensuring the pattern lines up correctly and the print is consistent hence making it a labor-intensive and intricate process.
Marbling or Marble Dyeing
Marble hand dyeing on fabric, also known as marbling or marbled fabric, is a technique where patterns are created on fabric by floating pigments on a liquid surface which are then transferred onto the fabric. It's a captivating and creative process that results in unique and intricate designs that resembles patterns of a Marble finish. The beauty of marbling lies in the fact that each piece of fabric will turn out differently, creating truly one-of-a-kind designs and no two pieces will ever be the same.
Ikat is a traditional textile weaving technique that involves hand-tying and binding dyed yarns to intricate and colorful patterns on fabrics on a loom. The word "ikat" comes from the Indonesian language, which means "to tie" or "to bind." The weaver aligns the dyed yarns according to the pattern to ensure the design emerges correctly. The intricate and labor-intensive nature of Ikat weaving makes it unique and one-of-a-kind. It is broadly divided into three types- Warp ikat, Weft ikat and Double ikat. Double ikat is the most difficult form out of the three.