To Dye For

Indigo-dyed fab­ric is the ul­ti­mate in beach boho chic. Here are the top trends you need to know.

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Shi­bori

A Ja­panese style of re­sist dye­ing where fab­ric is folded, twisted and tied, then dipped in indigo dye. Once the fab­ric is un­furled, the tightly creased ar­eas are seen to have re­mained white and free from dye, re­sult­ing in an or­ganic re­peated pat­tern.

Mud­cloth

A tra­di­tional Malian and

West African process of dye­ing fab­ric with tree leaves for a yel­low or cream base, then hand-paint­ing with an iron­rich fer­mented mud to cre­ate an all-over pat­tern.

Ikat

A tex­tile weav­ing process where the yarns are bound and dyed to cre­ate a re­sist pat­tern and then wo­ven into a fab­ric.

The “blurry” char­ac­ter­is­tic of ikat pat­terns is cre­ated be­cause of the im­pre­cise dye pat­terns and how dif­fi­cult it is to line them up in the weav­ing process.

Batik

A pop­u­lar re­sist dye method orig­i­nat­ing in In­done­sia, where melted wax is dripped or stamped onto cot­ton or silk in an in­tri­cate pat­tern. The fab­ric is dyed and left to dry; then the wax is scraped off to re­veal the pat­tern.

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