Thursday, February 9, 2012

Textiles

Last night I went to a local chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen for a monthly meeting. They had a woman who came to show us a presentation on textiles that she has collected mostly from India, Laos, and Indonesia.
She discussed the different types of silkworms and how the worm farmers take care of them and process the silk. My favorite part was the actual textiles. They are able to make perhaps one or two textiles a year at some of the places she visited.

There is one technique that I find amazing. They pinch tiny pieces of fabric and wrap threads around it tightly, many done in rows to make a design. When the fabric is dyed and the thread removed it leaves a white spot and the fabric has a unique stretch from the pucker. It is called Bandhani.
These photos do not do it justice.







 


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