• Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey
  • Nicoline Patricia Malina Älska Indigo Journey

With goods sourced from countries like Nepal and Mongolia, the small gift store that is located in Cipete Raya Älska recently introduced its audience to the traditional Chinese tie-dye through “Älska Go Indigo” journey. This photographic journal is created by two of the store founders, Nicoline Patricia Malina and Melvin Roberto, while they travelled to Zhoucheng near Dali City of Yunnan province in China. For your information, over the last thousand years or so, this area has become known as the place to find traditional Chinese tie-dye or knot-dye fabric. Tie-dyeing is an old Chinese textile dyeing technique. The tie-dyed materials are usually are white cotton cloth or a blended fabric of cotton and flax, and the dye is mainly made from indigo plants. Through several images above, you could see how the lovely Bai lady knotting fabric to be dyed later and shared its techniques to Nicoline.

Furthermore, Nicoline Patricia Malina also further explained her first experience with the Bai knots and the concept behind tie-dyeing as it is to restrict the dye from reaching certain areas of the cloth, this is achieved through the use of knots, threads, rocks, sticks, and rubber bands. Through these techniques, the color of the parts the dye could changes but the restricted parts stay untouched, giving a pleasant color contrast. Furthermore she explained about how she tied up the material before applying the indigo dye that the dye only reaches part of the area to which it is applied. After about 12 to 48 hours, depending on temperature, dye, and the desired brightness of the final product, the fabric can be unwrapped and rinsed. For further information about the rich history of traditional Chinese tie-dye techniques and its unique fabrics, feel free to follow their Instagram account here.

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