Last week Common Texture travelled to Thailand to attend the Chiang Mai Crafts Fair 2017. The spectacular weather was a great back drop for all that was on offer in this laid back city.
First up were these lovely intricate indigo pieces. A typical fabric dyeing technique used here is resist dye in indigo. Popular with women in hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand. This technique is like a fusion of block print discharge dyeing and Batik free hand patterns.
The pattern seen here in the video will eventually be the white sections amongst the indigo blue. The artisan uses a resin heated on coals in a scoop with a hole. This is used like a pen, once the black pattern is dried it is then dipped into indigo where the resin will resist the color.
The result is a stunning piece. The crafts people will sometimes highlight borders by stitching a thin red strip of fabric to enhance the depth of the Indigo. This process has been passed down from generation to generation and are very popular with tourist and textile fans alike.