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Let’s do some Tie Dye
Bandhani Tie Dye is a craft practiced mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. It is an intricate process requiring a lot of skill and dexterity to tie the small knots in the correct places to create the detailed patterns. The name Bandhani comes from the Sanskrit word banda which means “to tie”.
The knots are tied in detailed patterns to create squares, waves and strips. It is possible that a piece of Bandhani Tie Dye material can have well over 1,000 knots. As with a lot of crafts the patterns and colours used all have meaning to the regions that have created the design. In Rajasthan for example red is often used to represent a bride and yellow a mother. As with a lot of Indian crafts, the colours used in Bandhani Tie Dye are mainly natural and they tend to be darker colours.
Colouricious has some excellent samples of Bandhani Tie Dye as well as some very informative videos showing how you can dye your own fabrics ready for block printing.
Learn how to dye fabric with Myfanwy Hart and then Julia Phillips in these two videos
Colouricious You Tube Channel – did you know we have created a whole channel of free inspirational videos on You Tube?! When you have time, sit and watch all the videos you wish, to be inspired by leading British textile artists who are great teachers, showing you new textile techniques to help you with your own textile projects.
Have a look at the entire selection of the most magical wonderiferous Colouricious wooden printing blocks waiting to ignite your personal creativity.
Christmas Super Duper Box
This is a fabulous box set of Christmas wooden printing blocks waiting for you! Have a look at the wide selection of large and small wood stamps, from trees to stars to reindeers – so many designs for you to create your own Christmas projects
Hand Printing Christmas set
Christmas super super box plus metallic paint set for fabric and paper. Normal price is £80 but reduced for our Colouricious Club members (you!) to £60.
Animal Print Blocks
This is a new section for our newsletter where we highlight a category of our blocks we have on our website that we hope will be of interest for you.
Our Animal section is full of beautiful blocks ranging from Elephants to Geckos, from Butterflies to Camels. There is without doubt an animal block suitable for everybody and they would be the perfect adornment to a personalised T-Shirt or Smock.
Take a look at the Animal Blocks section on our website and find your favourite animal.
Come with us on a Treasure Hunt
3 places left! In March 2016 we are off for a Textile Treasure Hunt across Northern India. This is a 15 day trip hosted by me and Isha Sharma. We will be flying to Delhi and then exploring the North of the country watching villagers at work as well as some wonderful markets. We will spend time in Jaipur where we will spend time in a local bazaar which will have plenty of Bandhani materials for sale. Half way through the trip we will be in Agra to see the wondrous Taj Mahal. No pictures of the Taj Mahal can do it justice, it just has to be seen to be believed.
This trip has proved to be extremely popular and as you read this newsletter we only have space for three more people to join us.
If you are interested in exploring Northern India with us on this beautiful trip, then I would encourage you to go to our website and fill in the booking form to reserve your place.
Perfect Christmas Gifts
With Christmas fast approaching we have some great dieas that would make perfect presents for your crafting friends and family. Just click on any of the imides to be taken straight to our website
On Thursday 12th – 15th November we will be in Dublin at Simmonscourt for the next exhibition in the Knitting and Stitching Show. We are on stand K46, so if you are coming, make sure you pop to the stand and say hello. We love Dublin and are so looking forward to our time in with you!
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