Pattern Making

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Lan-Yinhua-Bu fabric dyeing adopted a traditional craft of scrape-paste and resist printing.

First, craftsman needs to prepare patterns of cut outs on hand-made laminated paper, and then brush Tung oil as waterproofing material.

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Next step is to blend the resist paste by mixing soybean meal, lime powder and water, which is used for coating over the laminated paper onto the fabric. The paste is spread across the cut out paperboard that sticks to the underlying fabric to form the resist printing area. After several times of dyeing followed by being drying, and finally, scraping off the dried paste, the colours and patterns of deep indigo and white appear.


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The main distinction of craftsmanship between Lan-Yinhua-Bu facric dyeing and other traditional dyeing is the elements that form patterns. Because of the limitation of paperboard stencil cutting, all features of landscape, people or flora and fauna have to depict with dots, lines and areas. Patterns as cranes, lions and peonies can all be presented vividly through dots and lines of variable spacing, size and thickness。



As our patterns are all hand cut, there is the opportunity for designers and artists to create their own contemporary patterns using these ancient resist paste dying techniques.  BLUE HANDED works with designers and brands to achieve their own exclusive patterns and can continually offer this service to keep the indigo fabric up to date and bring newness from season to season.

Please contact us if you would like to create your own patterns for production.  There are minimum orders and some stencil pattern design parameters to be considered.