Category: Fibreart

Natural dye pigments for fabrics

Currently, I’m making some natural dye pigments for fabrics, from my exhausted dye baths. It’s been on my mind for awhile, to use natural dyes with the airbrush. Safflower, Sappanwood and Madder pigments The recipe I have used, to make

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Natural dye studio in Gujarat

Undoubtedly, a visit to my friend Shafik’s natural dye studio, in Gujarat, was another memorable, travel experience. Our stopover was twofold. First, we went to his studio. Shafik lives and works in the port city of Mundra. A number of

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My Textile design path

My textile design path was influenced by a variety of things and situations. These include my Latvian heritage, printmaking, my love for colour and patterns, and textile designer, Zandra Rhodes. Early days in my textile design path Growing up in

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Tibetan Panel coat

During my winter trip to Kerala, India, I undertook a challenge from one of my FB groups, which was to make a Tibetan Panel coat. Prior to leaving, I had dyed 3 lengths of up-cycled cotton fabric. I also did

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Dyeing with Lac resin

In the studio, I’m focusing on working with one dye only. In this case, it’s Lac resin. I am changing the colours using tannins and mordants. A pot of Lac dye was made using whole resin form; afterwards I ground

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Block printed textiles in Jaipur

Spending some days viewing (and buying) Block printed and dyed textiles in Jaipur and nearby Sanganer are like days full of sunshine! Many tours in Jaipur, the Pink City are organized specifically for textiles and shopping. A visit to this

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My cotton tunic

Here I am wearing my cotton tunic at Galta Ji Jaipur Monkey Temple. Over the past few years, this tunic has played a role, in my life. What began as a comfortable item of clothing developed into an inspiration. During

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Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood

Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood was my new project, after having completed 20 cotton tunics over  seven months. I have decided to spend the next period on dyeing lengths of cotton, linen and quite possibly silk fabrics. The intention is

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