Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Resists: exploring resist-dyed textiles across cultures

Adjrak textiles example

Focusing on textiles from West Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Indonesia, this exhibition investigates principal resist-dyeing techniques, including batik, ikat, resist block printing, stencils, tie-dye and stitched resists.

The show draws upon items within the ULITA collection, including two recent collections to come to ULITA: the Coleman Indonesian Collection and the West African O’Hear Collection.

The exhibition concludes with a case study of current research into Indonesian stitch resist dyeing by School of Design Phd student Bintan Titisari, including her practical applications.

‘Resist dyeing’ or ‘resist patterning’ are terms used to encompass a wide variety of techniques through which fabric is decorated by allowing dyestuff to only come into contact with selected areas of either the yarn or the fabric’s surface.

Free entry
Location:  ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles, St.Wilfred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

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