Originally the plan for this Didymos Natural Hemp Pfau (NHP), cotton/hemp blend, was to dye it solid blue. Once I dyed it, however, large patchy areas of resists became evident on the fabric. Resists are any substance on the fabric that prevents the fabric from absorbing dye. In some dye techniques, this can be used to fabulous effect; batik uses resists to create beautiful patterns. Unfortunately, resists also happen accidentally- sunscreen, moisturizers, baby spit up, body oil, fabric softeners, and many other common substances that wraps are exposed to through regular use. Resists can also be created during the manufacturing process- threads are coated to glide more easily and keep the fabric smooth and flat.
In the case of this well-loved wrap, I would guess that the resist accumulated during a laundry or regular use process. The areas only became visible once the wrap was dyed, so we altered the plan and did a lovely spiky low water immersion over the existing blue dye, creating a rich, deep, textured dye look. It might not have been in the original plan, but I sure think it turned out beautiful!
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