Hello! I promised last time to show you what I made with mud and indigo…
read more about it after the jump
So last week I explained how the mud-resist and indigo dye works in the town of Bagru, Jaipur. We then got to create a scarf of our own using the same techniques and our choice of wooden blocks. We were first given a length of fabric to practice on using the blocks and mud mix. Then after we had perfected – more or less – the art of getting the right amount of mud on the block and the right amount of pressure to print, we tried our new-founded skill on a cotton scarf.
A sprinkling of sawdust to absorb any extra liquid and then time to dry in the sun before dipping it in the indigo vat.
Then a further dry under the hot Indian sun before the fabric is washed off in a bath of water and alum – a chemical compound used as a colour fixative – which removes the mud, sawdust and extra indigo dye.
my scarf looking all clean and fresh after its alum bath. Can’t wait to wear it!
photography by Megan Smith