I had a fascinating trip to the region of Mymensing yesterday. The organisation’s workshop is about 150km north of Dhaka but it took us close to 5 hours to travel there due to traffic congestion and as most of the highway was ‘under construction’! As we drove out of the city early in the morning we passed hundreds groups of people streaming into the gates of the multi story garment factories that line the road. One of them particularly caught my eye: “Paradise Springs Garment Factory”.
The Fair Trade workshop I visited focusses on handmade paper products and fabric printing using plant dyes.
These fabric colours are sourced from sap from local trees (brown fabric on left) and seed pods (right).
Designs are printed using resist printing (batik style). Wax is block printed by hand onto the fabric. This then forms a resist when the fabric is later put into a dye bath. After the dye is set, the wax is boiled out leaving the design in the original fabric colour.