Monthly Archives: March 2018

Linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, […]

Silk

Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons.[1] The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori  reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk […]

Shibori

Shibori is a cloth dyeing technique which includes stitching, binding, twisting, clamping and folding. Basic technique of shibori is to draw a picture on a cloth, and tie a knot tightly with a thread. The cloth is then dyed with one or many colors. Based on the colors used and patterns required to be created, […]

Indigo

Indigo plant, named as “Indigofera tinctoria”, was discovered around 1600s (B.C.). Indigo dyestuff, extracted from its leaves, had been used in various primitive dyeing processes for years. In 1880’s, the first synthetic (unnatural) indigo dye was developed by German chemist Adolf von Baeyer. He identified the chemical structure of indigo. After 1900s, synthetic indigo was […]

Mulmul (Muslin)

Muslin a brand name of pre-colonial Bengal textile, especially of Dhaka origins. Muslin was manufactured in the city of Dhaka and in some surrounding stations, by local skill with locally produced cotton and attained world-wide fame as the Dhaka Muslin. The origin of the word Muslin is obscure; some say that the word was derived from […]

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