Mark has dyed these pieces using a variety of techniques, from batik to shibori.
In batik, a wax design is applied to a flat piece of cloth before dyeing. The waxed areas resist the dye, retaining their original color, while the unwaxed areas absorb the dye color. In complex batiks, the process may be repeated multiple times, with overlapping wax patterns and dye colors.
Shibori is the Japanese term for an entire family of dyeing techniques (spider web shibori, storm shibori…). They have in common the three-dimensional shaping of fabric before dyeing. Even the random splotches of a tie-dyed tee (which was crumpled before it was dyed) technically qualify as shibori. However, the Folk Tote pieces we identify as shibori-dyed have been prepared for dyeing with carefully planned stitching and/or knotting to produce more intricate patterns.
Dyes are absorbed by the fibers of the fabric, so dyed designs are visible on both sides. Depending on the level of saturation, however, colors may be more vibrant on one surface than the other. Which side is “right” and which side is “wrong” is completely up to you.
Depending on your project, you may even decide to use both sides interchangeably - I often do!
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