Xsilk Spring/Summer 2017
Spring has sprung and our latest styles have been keeping us busy. Pretty spring pastels and the staple indigo blues have returned for this season. Our experiments with natural dyes have yielded some gorgeous colors. Our latest collections is offered on and off line.
Katazome Indigo Leather, perfect gift for Denim Heads.
Dyeing leather with indigo is a tricky business. Leather and indigo don't always play nice. It must also been an expensive project to undertake for indigo dyers in old Japan. Katazome, is indigo pattern dyeing method developed in Japan. To make the surface design on this wallet, first stencils were hand cut, then rice paste was applied to leather using the stencil. Once the rice paste is dried, it acts like a dye resist. Leather(with rice paste resist stenciled on) is dip dyed in indigo vat. When rice paste is washed out, the parts once covered by the...
Shibori, Japanese indigo tie-dye.
Shibori is a Japanese word for a kind of dyeing method. Generally put, it's a kind of tie-dye. Fabric is folded, tied, stitched or sandwiched between wooden blocks. Then it is submerged into a dye bath. When the bundle is unfurled, you get various pattern depending on the method you used to bundle the fabric. Pattern can be geometric or organic, subtly nuanced or sharp. Indigo bath was often used for Shibori method of dyeing.
Itajime shibori is a method where wooden blocks are used to block out certain portion of fabric from accepting dye. Fabric is folded, then...