Join us for an exploration of each artist’s craft, trajectory and connection to legacy throughout the weekend in this interactive artist talk.
Guizhou’s Miao and Dong communities base their botanical knowledge on centuries of subsistence farming in the region. At least three species of the flowering plant indigofera are cultivated in Guizhou and provide a color-fast dye used for clothing and household furnishings. To prepare the dye, harvested leaves are converted into a paste. Because indigo dye does not have to be kept hot, it is ideal for waxresist batik. In batik, patterns are applied to undyed cloth using liquid beeswax. When the cloth is submerged in dye, the waxed parts remain white while the unwaxed parts absorb the colour.
Presented by Dr. Yang, an executive member of China Ethnic Minority Clothing Research Association, who has specifically researched ethnic botanic dyeing techniques.
Watch the artists at work throughout the weekend at the Artisan Village.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
2:00PM – 2:45PM
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto Ontario
Mr. Yang is ethnic Miao and a scholar. For the past 27 years, he has mainly been studying and field researching clothing art and craft of ethnic minority groups in the Southwest, Mid-South and South China. He is currently an executive member of China Ethnic Minority Clothing Research Association, and has also specifically researched ethnic botanic dyeing techniques. At the Festival, he will help to present the textile demonstrations and narrative sessions (discussion technique, aesthetics, patterns) and he himself can also demonstrate Miao botanic dyeing and batik. He is currently an executive member of China Ethnic Minority Clothing Research Association.