We just got back from India last week and here we have some really interesting videos to show to all of you! At the end of this post, you'll know exactly how our Ombre Mandala Tapestries are made.
1. The video below shows a man pouring some blue dye onto the screening table, getting ready for screening. Apparently, only he is allowed to do the pouring as he is the expert in this. Yikes! We didn't know you need skills to pour dyes.
2. After the first guy pours the dye, these two men will work on spreading the dye evenly on the white cloth, this technique is called screening. Notice how only part of the Mandala is being printed? The other half will be a light shade of blue which you'll see in the next video.
3. This video shows the completion of the dark blue part of the mandala tapestry. Next comes the lighter blue colour.
4. To complete an Ombre Mandala Tapestry, you'll need two or more tones of colour, in this tapestry there're only two tones, so two different colours. The lighter blue is then applied onto the blank part of the tapestry to create the Ombre effect.
Now we know how Dhyanaa's Ombre Mandala Tapestries are made! :) It looks like so much fun right? Apparently there are many different components that are crucial to making this Ombre Mandala Tapestries look just right.
I. The working table has to be layered with a thick and even layer of wax to hold the cloth in place - so that it doesn't move when the men are working on them. If the wax are not spread across evenly, the prints will turn out to be uneven too.
II. The working table is not exactly parallel to the floor, It's important to have the table a little slanted to ease the gliding/screening process and it helps the colour to set faster.
III. Both men have to coordinate the speed with each other really well because even one second extra in the screening process can affect the entire look of the tapestry. The colours will not be spread evenly. That's why every worker in the factory has their very own partner that only they work with because they understand their partner best :) We find this point rather cool, don't you think so? :)
After the screening process, the tapestries are left to dry. They'll then be taken to a washing area where workers will soak and wash the tapestries in water filled with a type of chemical* that keeps the colours intact (colour fast). Right after the chemical bath, the tapestries will be washed with clean water to remove all chemical and be taken to dry. Look at the photo below to see how they dry the tapestries. It looks really scary because it is so high up and workers use ladder to get to the top!
Once the tapestries dry, they take them down and cut it into their respective sizes, iron and get them ready for packaging!
Check out our Ombre Collection at our SHOP now! There are so many colours to choose from, Pink and Purple Ombre, Red and Maroon Ombre, Green Ombre, Blue Ombre and so many more. Be sure to check them out yeah! :)
*the factory has a chemical filtering unit that filters all chemical wastes so that it doesn't pollute the rivers surrounding the factory. The filtration process turns the chemical into clean water before they are released into the stream.
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