Wax Resist Dyeing

“I have always loved the result that is achieved by wax resist dyeing and it was this technique that inspired one of my favourite fabric designs – Philippine! It is so delicious that I decided it should be a wallpaper too.” William

Philippine wallpaper shown in Indigo, also available in Denim, Ocean, Oyster and Steel. As a fabric it is available in Woad.

This technique also features in our cushion collection. The faces of the wind were depicted beautifully from our original wax resist designs digitally printed on 100% linen.

An insight into the technique.

Resist dyeing is a widely used method of applying colours or creating patterns to fabric. The use of paste or wax as a resist has developed in many cultures around the world. Patterns can be created free hand by drawing the wax or paste onto the fabric or the resist can be printed onto the fabric, speeding up the process. These techniques can be seen in the finest Indonesian batiks and Jtsutsugaki of Japan. As textile printing developed, resist dye methods played a critical role in the prevention dark colours spreading into lighter areas. Several cultures developed techniques of printing the resist onto the fabric before dyeing. A textile design with multiple colours requires repeated applications of wax or paste before each submersion in the dye. During this process, additional colours are created by overdyeing one colour over another.

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