rainbows

lac bangle making

LAC BANGLE MAKING2 LAC BANGLE MAKING

dabu is a type of resist printing.

a special mix of mud is applied to the fabric with blocks.  after drying, the fabric is then dyed, and the mud resist is removed.

DABU PRINTING MAN WOMAN DABU PRINTING DABU PRINTING BLOCKS DABU FLORAL DABU FABRIC DRYING DABU DOT DABU PRINTED DOTS

block printing workshops

OPEN WINDOW BLOCK PRINTER WITH HENNA BLOCK PRINTING TOOLS SCARF IN OPEN WINDOW PRINTING TABLE WALL PRINTER

field trip :

Colors of Nature in Auroville

the colors of nature

indigo vats

indigo vat

basket vat covers

indigo vat covers

new addition

new vats

potted indigo plant at the doorwayindigo plant potted

ironing without electricity

ironing at colors of nature

some of our finished samples hanging to dryspring 15 samples

a day at the block printing workshop

new discharge prints in process + coconut harvesting

sandals pink after discharge blue before discharge ghost image pink behind treered bucket comb and brushlittle rugmr v and venkatesh coconut harvesting fresh coconut

 

khadi
our khadi quilts in process:
two layers of khadi,
with two layers of muslin sandwiched in-between
even though they are machine stitched,
it takes several days for
a tailor to complete one piece

block

pencil
smallest pencil ever used

printing pillowcases

saturday afternoon visit to neighborhood block printer

studio visit:
metaphor racha

custom made khadi saris
with indigo dyed yarn 
vintage prints on khadi
stacked and waiting to cut

drying on the rooftop
studio pug!

studio cow
a sampling of the vintage khadi prints 
being stockpiled at metaphor racha :

partners Ravi Kiran and Chandrashekar
have a deep dedication to hand-spun hand-woven fabrics,  
traveling extensively throughout southern India
finding khadi societies with which to collaborate.

Auntie Oti is eternally grateful to be a small part of their world and their vision

my foot last year at metaphor studio
new leather pouch sample in process

tailors working with 
raw khadi indigo denim
before washing

printing smocks in metallic gold
a pile of our denim skirts being tailored

label printing
polka dot quilted throw in red

pillowcase printing in progress
our smocks being lovingly sewn at metaphor racha


bhadanavala khadi spinners
photo courtesy of Ravi Kiran at metaphor racha

our block printer’s workshop

last day with the metaphor racha design team.

Ravi Kirin and Chandrashekar have dedicated themselves to merging modern design 
with traditional indian textiles, working exclusively in khadi.
for spring 13 the three of us have designed 
a new range of clothing and accessories for Auntie Oti.

we started our day with idilis at the New Modern Hotel
then went to the studio where i took photos of these silk clamp dyed fabrics
from the metaphor studio line designed by Chandrashekar:

and picked up for myself :
an intricate machine stitched shibori + handworked scarf 
in indigo blue on fine cotton khadi


new samples for spring :

block printed smocks
in red or gold on unbleached khadi gauze

colored napkins waiting to be folded
printing the first edition of our khadi throws
this one in metallic gold
packing orders
Washer + Dryer

a loving couple
we will remember them always

1998-2012
RIP

studio day with 
metaphor racha


yesterday we stumbled upon a khadi operation in the heart of the city :

the top floor of the building was devoted entirely to 
illustrating the life of Gandhi through numerous photographs

huge stockpiles of heavy weight cotton khadi;
some of the yarn was spun on the premises

twisting hand spun silk into 2 ply yarn for weaving outside the city

block printing:

day two

block printing on khadi

day one

herbal dyes
visit to certified herbal dye house:

khadi drying after natural bleaching process
dye machinery

trolly full of dhotis waiting to be dyed

the weavers in this village get spun and dyed yarns from other neighboring points. women do the job of unwinding the skeins of yarn onto spools, using spinning wheels made from old bicycle wheels.

threading the spools onto a rack, the weaver makes the warp 12″ at a time.

weaving some brown napkins which we will have in stock soon.

the rope in the weaver’s hand is pulled to throw the shuttle from side to side in an amazingly rhythmic and musical way, happening so fast it is hard to see the shuttle flying. the yarn on the spools strung behind the sheds are used to repair broken warp threads.

the weaver’s looms have been passed down through the family; many are over 100 years old. they hold a place of honor in each home.
a day at the block printing shop :

work bench

strike offs

blocks

inky tray of gold