Bandhani/Resist Dyeing as a process leaves behind mountains of tiny cotton threads & yarns. These are the yarns with which the cloth is tied to restrict the dye from penetrating into the cloth in the dye bath.
Once untied and opened, these tiny entagled yarns are discarded.
At Medium, through our special design initiative Re- we use these yarns, shreds of fabric and excess materials to experiment.
We usually start with segregating the threads according to their colours. This is a long process and involves hours of work considering the threads are entangled with each other and needs careful handling of the material to keep the texture intact. We also keep in mind that the raw and tangled nature of the material as a result of the process is retained.
We employ various surface manipulation techniques of sandwiching, stitching, pleating and layering etc. to create intriguing looking home textile pieces.
Colourwise segregation of these yarns result in giving them a paint like character, the same has been explored in making textile art, inspired by architecture.
"Room in a room" was one of our first attempts.
The ideology that something new could begin from the end of another, in our case discarded textile remains, is our interpretation of sustainability at Studio Medium.
Re- is the endeavour of our textile studio to minimise wastage and maximise utilisation.
Through Re- we have also tried to collaborate with other designers to keep finding new expressions for the material.
Nadege and Florine from ENSCI, Paris were with us for a month exploring different means of application.
Currently, we are working towards developing textiles that will be turned into a limited edition unisex outer wear collection called Re- Wear.
Re- Wear textiles are our representation of Monet's impressionist paintings.
What you see below is a representation of Monet's Poppy Field in a hollow near Giverny .
These textiles require thorough sorting of the yarns and the paintings are chosen depending on the available colours of the yarn.
Below is an image of a prototype developed for Re-wear.
We are always on the lookout for collaborators on this project. We would also be interested in doing commissioned pieces using this technique.
Do get in touch with us, if you found this interesting and would like to have a chat about this.
Till then, we will continue to share The journey of Re- with you.