MUD RESIST PRINTS
DABU - A SERIES OF MUD PRINTS
Dabu is an old form of resist printing where the design is blockprinted with a mix of natural gum and sawdust. The printed cloth is then fully immersed in a large cauldron of dye, usually indigo or the local "home brew" black. The cloth is dipped several times until the desired shade is achieved and then dried. The resist is then washed off to reveal the undyed part of the cloth as the pattern. Some color penetrates under the resists and results in characteristic veining perhaps more usually associated with resist printed Batiks.