Fresh yet fa­milia

New Straits Times - - Flair - Aznim Ruhana Md Yusup aznim.ruhana@nst.com.my

WHEN hip­pies do tie-dye, they do it loud and proud, and the de­sign is very dis­tinc­tive. But psy­che­delic hip­pies aside, tiedye has been around for a long time — per­haps ever since dyes and fash­ion were in­vented.

In Malaysia and In­done­sia, tie-dye cre­ates what is called batik pe­langi — rain­bow batik — that is vi­brant and multi-hued.

Japanese tie-dye is called shi­bori and the pat­terns cre­ated through bind­ing, stitch­ing or fold­ing of cloth come with a pre­ci­sion that the folks there are well­known for.

Mean­while, Band­hani cloth from In­dia is recog­nised by the nu­mer­ous tiny dots that make up a larger de­sign. The name comes from the San­skrit word banda, mean­ing to tie.This mod­ern tie-dye sweater comes cour­tesy of Cal­i­for­nian de­signer Raquel Al­le­gra. The pat­tern is fresh, yet fa­mil­iar, be­fit­ting a tech­nique that has been around for as long as hu­man civil­i­sa­tion.

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