In China, the technique of lime / bean paste resist dye has a long history of 1300 years.  It is commonly known as “indigo print” all over the country.

The basic technique involved the application of lime and bean paste as a resist material.  A paper stencil, permeated with “tung oil” for the purpose of water proofing, is placed over the plain fabric where the lime / bean paste is applied.  The fabric is then dripped into an indigo vat.  The paste resist is scraped off to reveal the white design pattern.

Also see step by step guide from Hulu10.

Lime/Bean Paste Dye Fabric are shown at the Mountain Folkcraft shop in the Something New Something Old exhibition with Soil.

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