Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.
Imprints on Cloth is a beautiful book that pays tribute to the rich textile traditions of the vibrant Miao people. Tucked away in the serene mountainous province of Guizhou (southwest China), this remarkable community has lived in harmony with nature, using simple and hardy materials from the region to produce breathtaking textiles.
“When you meet one hundred Miao people, you will see one hundred types of traditional costumes” – a local Chinese saying.
The Miao are dispersed across Guizhou with each group specializing in its own unique textiles using shibori, wax resist or stitch resist techniques. But when one looks closely, it’s hard to miss the indigo, a common thread that connects them all together.
The authors of the book, Sadae and Tomoko Torimaru spent 18 years with the Miao in an effort to understand their culture through the lens of textile traditions. The mother and daughter duo ensured they captured all details with extensive photography. Thanks to them, we now get a rare glimpse into the lives and workmanship of this creative community.
In the book, special Miao techniques like creating metallic sheen and luster on indigo dyed fabrics are explained in depth. It also includes other tidbits like how to make a ladao, a special knife-like tool for wax resist patterns and a tutorial for the popular shibori butterfly pattern!
A must read for every textile enthusiast, Imprints on Cloth:18 years of field research among the Miao People of Guizhou has been translated to English by WSN President Yoshiko Wada and is available < here > for purchase.