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Tie DyeTextile Width 1140mm

This is a piece of tie dye fabric, the folds created by the tie is still visible on the cloth, like the sketch mark on a drawing.  For me, these marks of process are very subtle and touching.  There is a sense of human creativity verse the now computer aided design products.

To see the making of tie dye fabric click here.

Fabric lovers!  For the joint venture of Soil X Mountain Folkcraft, Something Old Something New, Mountain Folkcraft is holding a fabric exhibition.  Hand woven fabric such as ikat,lime bean paste resist dye, wax resist dye, brocade, tie dye, discharge dye, patchwork.  Also featuring are the creations by artists from Soil; Cotton Car, Denise Chan, Furze and Seung.

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varies sizes, Hong Kong

For the Something Old Something New Exhibition with Soil, our curator and participating artist, Furze Chan, has created for us these Happy Dolls.  They are handmade by Furze with tie dye indigo fabric.

Furze Chan is a design freelancer in Hong Kong. Her works include publication design, web design and illustration. She owns 2 brands – “With Her Animal Poetry” and “Ferse Verse”. She was graduated in visual communications(Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the School of design)(BA) in 2006.

To learn more about Furze, visit her blog @

W120xL1400mm, China

This is a tie dye on a piece of hand woven silk.  A short knitting needle like tool is used to pinch the silk for tying, this give a small and crisp effect on the fabric.  The main outline of the pattern is not tied, resulting as a bold line for the design.  Because of the nature of the silk and small ties, the fabric becomes stretchy and elastic.  This technical was only developed in the last couple of decades, relatively modern in the long history of tie dye in China.

Textile Width 880mm, China

These tie dye are from the Bei minority tribe.  It is started with a white piece of cotton cloth, the pattern are marked, area for the pattern are then tied tightly together with threads.  When the tying is done, the cloth is first dipped into clear water and then in the dye, it is then hang to let dry and dye again, the dyeing process will take several days to complete.  After dyeing, the cloth is soaked in clear water to remove any excess dye, the threads are removed and the cloth washed and the cloth stretch out.  The white pattern are the are kept out from the dye from the tightly tied knots.  The dark  blue is the colour traditionally used for Bei tribe tie dye, we have requested for the additional colour to be made (all colours are traditional vegetable dye used by the Bei minority)

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