Sappanwood with shibori stitching

Dyed in Sappanwood with shibori stitching, this linen table runner was part of a whole bag of Estate linens, that my friend picked up for me.

Sappanwood is a natural dye which comes from the heartwood of trees native to SE Asia and India. The wood sawdust from this tree is used to make a dye which is high in tannin. Sappanwood makes a warm red, or pink or purple colour when calcium carbonate is added to the dye bath. In the past, medieval dyers often used it. It is also referred to as Eastern Brazilwood.

To make the design, I used Shibori stitching

What is Shibori? It is a Japanese resist technique created by stitching the fabric and pulling up the threads. The parts which are pulled together act as a resist, so the dye reaches only the outer, exposed part of the fabric. In this way, a pattern is formed on the fabric.

In this textile, I initially used Sappanwood with shibori stitching. A few years later, I pleated it and also machine stitched a wavy pattern over the pleats. This took the fabric to a different level, by introducing a 3-dimensional result.


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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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