Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unique Textile Finds - Innovative Needle stitched resist dyeing!

     India is synonymous with a variety of textile techniques be it embroidery , printing or dyeing. An age old tradition that runs in families for generation , these art forms have been lovingly and laboriously handed down from father to son and perfected as the heritage passes from generation to generation.
 One such textile art form is the tie-and-dye technique that is practiced in many regions of India. Gujarat and Rajasthan excel in producing bandhani textiles while Tamilnadu excels in the age old Sungadi . Not to leave behind yarn resist-and-dyed textiles or Ikat fabrics from Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh , Sambalpur ikats from Orissa , Patola fabrics from Gujarat, India has a bouquet of fabrics to offer a textile lover. 

shibori fabric from Mura

    I stumbled upon Mura Collective , when I was gifted a stole from my mom a few months back. I just loved the gift ! and as my nature goes I had to find out more about  it. I was amazed when I realised how this beautiful work of art had been created and wanted to share with you 

Unique textile finds - innonative shibori

   This fabric is created by the technique of resist dyeing ( in simpler words - a method of  preventing dyes from entering certain areas or blocking dyes from penetrating certain areas)  to create a pattern . In this case  the above stole,  has been folded into half lengthwise , the pattern traced and machine stitched  . After which natural dyes have been used to dye the fabric , and here the color indigo has been used . Once the process of dyeing has taken place , the stitches have been painstakingly removed . The area having the machine stitching  is still the background color white , and the tiny machine stitches have produced a beautiful and sharp pattern . 
Mura collective

   Mura-Collective facebook page has lots of eyecandy so do look up their page.  Their collection  will amaze you!

 Is`nt it amazing ?



  1. There is (or was) a studio called colors of nature in auroville who used to specialise in Shibori esp stitch resist, bamboo resist and batik resist dyeing. They had the oldest source of Indigo in south India (around 160 yrs) old and stuff used to be amazing. I did a college proj with them once


    1. Yes Divya , there is a unit in Auroville called " Colours Of Nature " which was started in the early 90`s . Their shibori pieces are very beautiful ,and I think their strong point is Natural dyeing , specially denim.
      As a part of the project ` Promotion of Natural Dyes in Textile Industries for Enviornmental Improvement and Sustainable Livelihood ` and, in collaboration with Natural Dye Resources (NDR), Kalamkari Research And Training Centre (KRTC) , funded by India Canada Enviornment Facility( ICEF), have done a training prorgammes and workshops in India including NIFT.
      I have had a chance to attend one of them .
      But Mura unlike Colours Of Nature creates the resist effect in Shibori by free motion stitching on the sewing machine , hence the pattern produced is more clear, sharper and finer. Also what struck my mind was this uniqueness of their designs which makes it different from the traditionally folded , pleated , or hand stitched shibori.

    2. At the time I went in 2004 colors of nature were actually into stitch resist with sewing machine not hand stitches


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