Tablecloth - Dabu Resist, Katava Floral. Standard & Large Sizes
"Dabu", also known as "dabu mud", is a traditional resist printing technique used in textile printing, primarily practiced in Rajasthan, India.
The dabu mud or paste is made from a combination of materials, including clay, gum, lime, and sometimes wheat husk.
The paste is applied onto the fabric using wooden blocks, stamps, or even by hand. It's applied in the areas where the artisan wants to prevent dye from penetrating.
Once the resist paste is applied, the fabric is allowed to dry. As it dries, the paste hardens, creating a barrier that will resist the dye. This step is crucial because it ensures that the paste won't dissolve or smudge during the dyeing process.
The fabric is then immersed in a dye bath. The dye is absorbed by the exposed areas of the fabric, creating the desired color. The areas covered with the resist paste remain undyed.
Once the dyeing process is complete and the fabric is thoroughly dried, the resist paste needs to be removed. This is typically done by scraping or brushing off the hardened paste, revealing the pattern that was created through the resist-dyeing process.
This heritage craft has been practiced for centuries and continues to be a significant art form in various regions of India.
In Hindi, "कटाव" (katava) can refer to a crop or harvest.
We recommend washing before first use in cold water with 1/2 cup of vinegar or 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.
Immerse the tablecloth in the vinegar-water mixture and let it soak for about 30 minutes.
After soaking, rinse the tablecloth again to remove any residual vinegar and dye. You can then wash it with mild detergent.
Standard: L=230 W=150cm Suit 6-8 seat regular shape table. 20-30cm drop all sides
Large: L=300 W=170cm Suit 8-10+ seat regular shape but large table. 20-45cm drop all sides Fair Trade India