35 years of textile samples, part 4: non-stitched resists

Resists have always fascinated me. A resist is a substance or a mechanism used to prevent dye or colorant from acting upon a surface. My very first experiments with resist were done in high school art class. My teacher was more interested in discussing politics, so I taught myself how to do batik using paraffin. Although batik was a favorite, I found removing the wax to be a  tedious and expensive process when a dry cleaner was used. This post shows samples of other resists: dextrin, potato starch, cassava, and tsutsugaki with rice paste, as well as discharge.

Batik on silk samples
Batik (beeswax & parrafin) on silk by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Batik on silk, 2
Batik on silk, Procion MX dyes, by Astrid Hilger Bennett. Not a great use of color. Ugh!

Cassava Resist on cotton
Cassava Resist on cotton, part of a long African textile tradition

Presist resist on rayon
“Presist” resist or cassava resist on rayon, Procion MX dyes, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Tsutsugaki sample
Tsutsugaki sample using rice paste resist on cotton and Japanese dyes, from a Tsutsugaki workshop at the Surface Design Conferene in Seattle. Tsutsugaki is a class of very ordinary Japanese textiles, often decorated with auspicious symbols, used in ordinary households. Very appealing.

Discharge samples
Discharge samples by Astrid Hilger Bennett. Not one of my favorite techniques due to fumes and toxic products.

Potato dextrin resist
Potato dextrin used as a resist, Procion MX dyes, workshop samples by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Potato dextrin resist on cotton
Potaton dextrin resist on cotton, Procion MX dyes, workshop samples by Astrid Hilger Bennett

more potato starch resist
More potato starch resist by Astrid Hilger Bennett

potato starch on silk
Potato dextin resist on silk, workshop sample by Astrid Hilger Bennett