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Repurposing vintage, naturally dyed napkins

What can be done with these beautiful naturally dyed fabrics, if one does not use napkins at the dinner table? The answer is- plenty of things! I have made various items from these fabrics. They include scarves, tote bags, a

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Eco printing or Botanical printing

Eco printing or Botanical printing has been the focus of my natural dye path in the past few months. Both terms are interchangeable. What is the Eco printing or Botanical printing process? Basically, this process allows for leaves and blossoms

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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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Visiting Sloth Bears at Indian sanctuary

This past February, I was visiting Sloth Bears at a sanctuary, for my fourth volunteer trip there! Elephants and Sloth Bears are the residents at this sanctuary . Injured animals, of all types or victims of Human-Wildlife conflicts are also

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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. In my ongoing research of textile design, especially Natural Dyeing,

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Autumn, our most colourful season

Autumn is upon us and it’s our most colourful season. It’s also the one that signifies the end of my beloved summer and the coming of winter. In terms of weather and lighting, it’s high drama! (although our winter storms

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Volunteer at sanctuaries for Elephants

Recently, I returned from my winter trip to Thailand. My main reason for visiting this country again was to volunteer at a sanctuary for Elephants. Over four weeks, I divided my time in several locations: Koh Chang, Chiang Mai, Phuket

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Works in progress on fabric

Usually when I have works in progress, I am going through several processes (dyeing, mordanting, planning, researching, etc). Since I am using many techniques, I am also preparing several different pieces, at the same time. As I continue to experiment

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Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

My life and art have been inspired by my travels  to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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