Baandhani & Leheriya:
reviving traditional Indian resist dyeing techniques
3-day workshop with Kameldeep Kaur (India)
India has been known since antiquity for amazing handcrafted textile techniques. Resist dyed and printed textiles have long been a popular Indian export with Gujarat and Madras serving as two important ports and producing centres for Dutch and British companies.
KAMALDEEP KAUR will instruct a 3-day workshop on the age-old techniques and patterns of baandhani and leheriya using natural dyes, such as madder, daru haldi, and lac. Kamaldeep is a noted researcher from India who has been involved in the revival of several traditional techniques as well as the continuation of existing crafts through design consultancy and product development.
Day 1. The course begins with the story of baandhani and leheriya: a brief introduction with images of process, wearers, makers, surroundings, and traditional and contemporary products. Next is instruction in leheriya on finer silk fabric, which we will prepare and soak overnight for you. Once tied, the samples can be dyed with madder the very same day. You will be able to make several different samples. Some of the samples can be opened, then re-tied and re-dyed the next day for two colour effects.
Day 2. Morning begins with a presentation on natural dyes, followed by preparing daru haldi. We continue with baandhani tying and dye at the end of the day.
Day 3. The final day is devoted to lac dyeing. Morning starts with tying, then working in groups near the dye bath to talk about how to develop it. Samples tied today can be full scarves rather than smaller swatches. We may do two different lac dye baths (time permitting): one with tamarind and one with vinegar to show the difference in brightness of colour. We may also use different mordants to yield different shades.
This class will be in English. Coffee / tea & lunch will be provided.
DATES: 19,20,21 May 2011, 10am-5pm
COURSE FEE: € 300,00 excluding materials. There will be an additional lab fee for natural dyes and Indian silk
LOCATION: Studio Zijdelings Tilburg - The Netherlands
INSTRUCTOR: Kamaldeep Kaur, India
CONTACT: Karina van Vught www.zijdelings.com