Reweave is a project that explores India's rich history of resist dyed fabrics. Ikat weaving involves resist dying yarn prior to weaving. When hand woven, this produces intricate fabrics with multi-layered abstracted patterns. Due to the time consuming nature of the craft, however, its modern evolution has seen digital reproduction as a means to preserve ikat’s aesthetics, and the role of the craftsmen has diminished. Through collaborating with craftsmen and introducing digital techniques into the process the project creates new and unexpected textile patterns.

While the traditional geometric patterns are beautiful in their own right, Reweave takes the notion of pattern abstraction to the extreme, using digital printers to print photographs on to yarn as a means of dying the thread. The photos are then unravelled and hand-woven, creating new abstracted textiles.

This technique introduces a new way for us to perceive images and colour by using digital methods capture exact visuals and then using a very handcrafted method to pixelate them.

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