Fiber Painting – Is it Fiber Art?

Fiber Art is something that takes a lot of creativity. In my last post I talked about scarves with art. So what exactly is Fiber Art? The depiction of art on fiber is known as fiber art.

Fiber Art

Yes Fiber painting is the most exotic of all sub categories of fiber art. Just making a painting will increase the exotic value of the cloth piece. Is it not? Mostly Fiber Art is considered to be related to stitching or coloring but painting is an invariable part of this art form.

It can be painting on a cloth or using stitching to make a painting. In the latter method we use colored threads instead of paint. It is really beautiful to look at. It is called as embroidery sometimes, but Fiber painting is more than just embroidery. See in the picture besides, is it embroidery? No, it is Fiber Painting and it is much better than printing.

Hand made Fiber painting on cloth which are worn as sarees are very famous in India.

 

Madhubani Painting on Fiber

 

 

You want to have a loom at such exquisite art, just walk into the local store and ask for madhubani painting art and you will get it. The colors used are all natural. If you do not find it at the local store just order online and get these art pieces delivered to your door steps. These are really beautiful pieces with hand-made paintings to adorn them. Every piece is unique and custom-made. It is not printed but painted by hand.

My love for scarves

There is no denying that scarves can really turn an outfit around. You can even wear the same pair of pants for three days in a row, but as long as you change the scarves to add a little more character to your clothes, you will be just fine.

The trick is to make sure that you coordinate the clothes well. You can go for an incredibly hippy-chic, or ethnic look with the right scarf.

Bandhini scarf

In case that is not your game, you can always choose a really modern style as well. A number of linen and silk scarves come in bold and modern prints- ones that the mod lover in you will always cherish.

Mod Scarves

In fact, I am a huge fan of wearing scarves as turbans as well. Of course, this is not an everyday style- it’s more of a unique opportunity for the right party. It is edgy, unique and will certainly make you stand out.

Turban scarf

Lastly, if you are planning on wearing scarves with your clothes, you have to make sure that the rest of your outfit is solid. The focus should be on the scarf, so wear simple, or plain clothes underneath, so that it does not appear startling.

Tie and Dye with Bandhani

The tying of cloth and then dyeing it is the oldest form of creating patterns on cloth. It is a very popular form of dyeing in Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. “Bandhani” which is a hindi word for tying has developed into art over many centuries.

The Bandhani Art

The Bandhani Art

 

What is Bandhani?

It is an ancient technique of dyeing. It involves two stages. First is Tying the cloth which may be silk or cotton and then immersing in colour. The technique is closely knit in the social structure.Each group of people have different styles and have made the patterns their own. The colours used in the dyeing process are mostly naturally extracted. The colours used are mainly dark and majority are shades of yellow, purple or red.

Making of the Saree

The first step is to bleach the cloth and prepare it for dyeing. Then it is sent to women workers who do the most important part – tying. This is the most painful part. The ties are created as small as a dot to large circles and waves.

After the tying the dyeing is done. The male workers do this part. The cloth which has been tied is dipped into dyes of various colours starting with light colours. It is a homemade process and still a handicraft. There are many patterns like “Laheria” – wavy or printing of gold and silver dust known as “Khari”. For obtaining a checkered pattern the cloth is rolled diagonally to get the right pattern.

Significance of Colours

The colours used are yellow, red, green, black and pink. Each colour has its own meaning. The red colour symbolises marriage, the saffron colour the yogi while yellow means spring season.

Saving on Dyes

 

With a large back yard, you can dye all summer.

Photo credit: Fulvio’s photos / Foter / CC BY-SA

 

Looking at websites and store shelves with rows of tints and hues, it is tempting to buy one of every colour you see. It’s great if you are running a big business or supplying all of your dye pals, but most artists and crafters cannot afford, and don’t need, every shade of their favorite colour. Instead of borrowing money and building a new crafting wing for your home, buy the darkest primary colors first, then add only 1 or 2 of your favorites.

Yes, you save  money by limiting those personal choices, but the bigger victory lies in your choice of primary colors. Choosing the darkest versions of primary colors not only gives you more to blend into new colors, it also gives you primary colors deep enough to dilute into different shades. Your range is much larger. Granted, this might seem easier with Rit dye, but you’ll want to be sure to use a dye made specifically for the substance you’ll dye.

If you are new to dye, but feeling truly adventurous, stores with websites – like Kraft Kolour might be your first step away from Rit. Start with a kit, then mix colours and explore fabric painting.