35 years of textile samples, part 3: stitch resist (shibori, tritik)

This is the third in a series of posts revisiting a treasure trove of textile samples made while learning new techniques. In search of a storage box, I found myself delving into forgotten experiments and exciting processes of learning. The other posts involved early screen prints and bound and clamp resists. These techniques have many names and fall under shibori and tritik.

Indigo Stitch Resist
One of the most fun processes ever. Stitch resist on silk dipped in an indigo vat, by Astrid Hilger Bennett. Unlike chemical dyes, which tend to wick up into the fiber, indigo stops the minute it perceives a barrier, like a fold. The result is a clean, crisp pattern.

indigo stitch resist, detail
Indigo stitch resist on silk by Astrid Hilger Bennett, detail

Shibori stitch resist on silk
Shibori stitch resist on silk using Procion MX dyes, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

stitch resist on cotton
Stitch resist on cotton, Procion MX dyes, by Astrid Hilger Bennett. Made for a piece entitled "Ancient Shopping Lists."