Stitched Poetry, a collection of natural dyed stitched and bound resist garments

A team of designers in the Clothing and Textiles Department at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda created a collection of shibori garments following a workshop introducing them to the techniques of stitched and bound resist. Remarkably, after a brief introduction to the possible ways of using basic techniques the designers created a collection they premiered at the CREATIONS 2015 fashion show, April 2015, in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Wendy Weiss introduced the group to shibori and Ankita Patadiya provided the natural dye session in the department, using indigo, sappanwood and ferrous acetate dyes. Wendy was a guest faculty member from October 2014-July 2015 while working in Gujarat on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award. Dr. Anjali Karolia is chair of the department and guided the team in their garment designs while Wendy worked with them on the resist concepts.

Jenifer Homi models her original design. Stitched and bound resist.
Mrs. Jenifer Homi models her original design in stitched and bound resist, creating rings like an ancient tree.
Mrs. Amrita Doshi designed a sarong and scarf.
Mrs. Amrita Doshi designed a sarong and scarf to adorn the adventurous man.
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Flowing wood grain drapes around the figure by Ankita Patadiya.
Bound resist disks top this flowing wood grain cover up by Ankita Patadiya.
Bound resist disks top this flowing wood grain cover up by Ankita Patadiya.
Mrs. Sukriti Patel
Mrs. Sukriti Patel used stitched and bound resist to shape the figure in this draped garment.
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Mrs. Sukriti Patel’s garment flows and moves on the runway, revealing the stitched shapes.
Mrs. Rinku Agrawal plays with circles, squares, and triangles on this indigo wrap.
Mrs. Rinku Agrawal plays with circles, squares, and triangles on this indigo wrap.
Combining multiple forms of stitch resist, Dr. Reena Bhatia created a garment in shade of indigo blue that shift as the model turns.
Combining multiple forms of stitch resist, Dr. Reena Bhatia created a garment in shades of indigo blue that shift as the model turns.
Stitched circles float across the front of Dr. Reena Bhatia's garment in deep shades of indigo blue.
Stitched circles float across the front of Dr. Reena Bhatia’s garment in deep shades of indigo.
The back detail of Mrs. Jenifer Homi's suggests coral shifting in the sea.
The back detail of Mrs. Jenifer Homi’s suggests coral shifting in the sea.
Arpita Desai
Miss Arpita Desai created bands of woodgrain that fall across the body, while bound resist circles and stitched lines shift with the flow of the moving figure..

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