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Chintz originated as a hand painted, mordant and resist-dyed patterned
cotton cloth from India. This technique was perfected over centuries and by 1600s had captivated the western market so much so that even a ban could
not stop the use of these beautiful textiles.
  After extensive research, I realized that the cloth which has had an immense impact on textiles is no longer made in India and has not been for decades. These textiles are now displayed in museums all over the world; considered prized possessions. Today, cloth is hand-painted and block-printed in India using natural dyes but missing the surreal aesthetic, the sophistication and the intricate resist work, those fine white lines which are so characteristic of historical chintz.

    The exquisite beauty of historic chintz comes from the perfect mixture of design (a result of cross-influences of many cultures - Indian, Persian, European, and Chinese), advanced knowledge of natural dyes, and superior hand-painting skill. The value comes from the nature of the manufacturing process – painstaking, elaborate and produced by hand; factors which greatly inspired a desire to revive these complex textiles in their original form.

    Through research and development shaped by years of experience working with handloom and automotive textiles and help from many artisans, I have found a starting point; a conviction that chintz of historic quality can be produced today. There are some modifications, primarily to make the process environmentally friendly.

    RedTree Textile Studio continues to explore and experiment with this centuries old technique.

~ Renuka Reddy

   
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