Two metres of wide fabric is a lot to dye!! The first piece is very deep pink – all over liquid procion dye applied with a wide brush. I left the fabric covered with plastic sheet over night to get a really saturated colour. Shibori dyed with liquid indigo coloured procion dye. Cured 22 hours 3. … More To my dyeing day No.2!!
Actually two dyeing days as I spent the first day experimenting with dye colours and techniques on small samples of white cotton fabric that had been pre-soaked in a solution of soda ash for 3 hours. I am very lucky to have a great assistant for a few days – Carmen is a fashion photography student who is … More To my dyeing day No. 1!
I have been making Lino prints ready to experiment printing on fabric with procion dyes with inspiration from Ikat woven fabric and Ottoman textile design I have used fabric paints in the past however as these are pigment based the prints are stiff and change the nature and drape of the fabric. Dyes are permanent and … More Fabric printing project – preparation
This beautiful Ottoman entari is in the archives of the Clothworkers Centre, London and I had the chance to examine it closely and to make notes about its size and construction. The main fabric appears to be of cotton with stripes of soft yellow motifs and darker black floral motifs woven into the fabric on a … More 19th century Ottoman entari
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O85101/kaftan/ The V&A collection of children’s kaftans were worn by Ottoman princes who died in childhood. These luxurious kaftans were placed over the graves of the deceased children and preserved in the imperial tombs. In 1595 the nineteen younger sons of Sultan Murat III were executed on the orders of their half-brother Mehmet III on … More V&A 16th & 17th C Ottoman children’s kaftans
Traditional Turkish Ottoman motifs are unique to the history of the Ottoman Empire and have been used to decorate many words of art and clothing including fabrics, tiles, ceramics, carpet and decorative arts since the 13th century reaching their zenith in the 16th century. The motif designs include stylised flower and fruits such as the carnation, hyacinth and tulip. Embroidered … More 16th century pattern symbolism