How to Make

The making of these hand-dyed prints is not very complicated, but to produce high quality results requires patience, skill, and most of all, experience. Shengzhu learned it when she was growing up, have many years practice. And based on the natural dyeing , We developed with many  new England designs and new two-tone technology to create fine patterns.

*Design & Pattern Board Making
A design is first drawn on paper then carved, allowing it to serve as the dye-blocking template. Next, oil is applied to resist the dye-blocking paste, allowing a single template to be used as many as 4 to 5 times.

*Dye-Blocking 
Powdered soybean, lime and water are mixed to create a dye-blocking paste. This paste is spread over the template depositing itself in the pattern of the template on the cotton cloth beneath. It is then allowed to dry for seven days.

¡¡ *Natural Blue Grass Dyeing

The juice extracted from  ¡°Blue Grass" (an indigo plant) is combined with a wine and several   other ingredients to create the natural indigo dye. The cloth is dyed at room temperature several times; 3 ¨C 4 times for light blue, 7 ¨C 8 times for moderate blue, and more than 10 times for a dark rich blue.  

*Scraping & Washing
The dye-blocking soy paste is now scraped from the dyed fabric and the cloth is washed several times in water to remove the powder that remains and the loose dye. 

*Sewing:  Sewing to bags, tablecloths, curtains ect.


From The Nature and Back To The Nature 
Using natural plants as dyeing stuff, it has become the new recycling dyeing technique of the 21th century.
We  has lots of natural plants, chrysanthemum, mulberry tree bark, rice straw, etc. are endless resources of dyeing stuffs.
Silk textils and clothes using plant dyeing stuffs are comfortable and soft in shade. It feels like going back to nature.