Thursday, November 16, 2006


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LUI DA PAO is an indigo dyer, stencil printer, shibori and batik artist from Fenghuang, in West Hunan Provence, China.


His paste ingredients are soy flour, lime and water. This paste is very gritty and not at all similar to Japanese rice paste. As a result Chinese stencils must be cut with larger openings to allow the less plastic paste to be deposited. Japanese rice paste is very elastic so the stencils are very fine. In the summer, after mixing, the paste can be used right away. In cold weather it should sit for a day before being used.

The stencils are made with paper soaked in tung oil. Tung oil comes from the seeds from a deciduous shade tree native to China. The seeds are rich in unsaturated oils.

Lui Da Pao uses natural indigo.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


These fabrics come from Guizhou Provence in China.
They are dyed in indigo with a wax resist.
The wax on the cloth often cracks after it hardens. When it is dyed, the dyes seep into the cracks and make fine lines, which are called "ice veins".

These fabrics also come from Guizhou Provence in China. The patterns were made with a paper stencil soaked in tung oil to make it water resistant. The stencil is used with starch resist made from soy flour and lime to make the design