Travel back in time with the planting, harvesting, dyeing, and artisan printing traditions that have been handed down through generations. In this calming two-part demonstration of blue calico dyeing and batik printing, popular Sichuan Province-based vlogger Li Ziqi 李子柒 handmakes clothing for her and her grandmother.
Watch as Li Ziqi plants indigo seeds, harvests the plants, soaks and drains the leaves to extract the dye, readies the cloth, and then uses wax-resist techniques to create images and patterns across the fabrics. With some sewing, the clothing is completed.
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