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Fabric design: Katazome table mat

Katazome is a technique of decorating fabric where areas of fabric which are not to be dyed or painted are blocked out. There are many different ways of blocking out; a well-known one is batik, where wax keeps dye or fabric paint from bonding with the fabric. Katazome is a Japanese technique, using rice flour paste as a resist or mask. I tried this on coarse cotton, and it did work, even though finer fabric would have given more detailed results. If following the traditional method, I would have used a stencil, but I preferred to do my geometric design freehand.

Cotton fabric, rice paste, Setacolor fabric paint. 2001
70×45 cm