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MONOLEENA BANERJEE, INDIA: Suppression unfolds Expression

BANERJEE, Monoleena, INDIA: SHIBORI.. Suppression unfolds Expression!

Monoleena Banerjee is an accomplished textile professional has practiced a vast array of surface decorations; ranging from traditional heritage methods to contemporary design explorations for more than two decades. She has worked with a multitude of Craftspeople, Textile and Design institutes, Museums, Textile Resource Centers and other textile experts. Research & Development, paper presentations, lecturing as guest lecturer, conducting workshops has been a vital part of her career. Monoleena also administered a production & business unit for national and international niche market for 17 years.

She has worked mainly with different textile creations and decoration techniques or "made by hand" mediums throughout her career as well as with natural fibers such as silk cotton, wool etc. As an all round professional she has  experience to use  both natural dyes as well as different chemical dyes but natural dyeing  is her passion especially Indigo. Practice of resist dyeing including advanced Shibori is her favorite process. She has visited Japan to learn this technique several times.

In her two-decade textile career she has traveled to different parts of the world such as Japan, USA, England, France, Holland, Scotland, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia, China and all over the Indian sub-continent to learn and also share her Knowledge on Natural dyeing, wax resist [batik] printing, shibori, old traditional printing e.g. ‘Ajrakh Printing’ and different advanced Azo-free printing techniques and felt making. Her Art textile has been exhibited in different countries.

Suppression unfolds Expression!

Objective: the objective of this workshop is opening a new horizon in advanced resist dyeing techniques.

Indigo has become an inseparable word for shibori workshops nowadays.

This workshop has got an added advantage of learning heritage techniques from two legendary oriental countries like JAPAN & INDIA…blended and taught by the same teacher. Participants of this workshop can learn both Japanese shibori and Indian Leheriya resist techniques more vividly with Indian knowledge of color/shade development from natural dyes.

The amazing techniques from oriental countries enriched History of World Textile with magnificent textiles for ages. The workshop will present an exclusive chance to learn exciting resist dyeing techniques from faraway countries rich in textile legacy.

This workshop will introduce a fresher to the fantastic world of traditional surface decoration methods of Laheriya & Shibori with hands on experience; as the same time this workshop is platform for experienced participants to explore strength and potential of heritage methods like Resist Dyeing as an appliance to express their creativity in presence of an experienced teacher where their imagination will be their limitation but nothing else!

Technical steps includes in this workshop: 

1] Introduction to Indian Leheryia (tie & dye) Resist dyeing 

2] Introduction to Japanese Shibori resists Techniques.

3] Hands on dyeing with each technique.

4] Practice of innovative multicolor dyeing sessions.

5] Power Point Presentation of her paper on worldwide Innovative work with natural dyes and discussions.

This workshop also provides the chance of enriching your “on hands” experience of Yellow, Green, Grey, Brown dye color extraction process from natural colors such as

Marigold flower [Tagetes erecta]

Pomegranate, [Punica granatum]

Myrobalan [Terminali chebula]

Catechu [Acacia catechu]

And learn most exciting multicolor resist dyeing techniques to create rainbow of colors on cloth like painting.

Students can create their textiles such as scarves, stoles or Art textiles using these resist techniques! Student will have to hand stitch [basic running stitch] to create design on cloth! Fabric should be natural i.e. Cotton/silk etc, no polyester!


“This workshop will make you feel that the traditional techniques are not out dated at all! It is still up to us if we can use them interestingly, these heritage methods of surface decoration still can create marvelous contemporary textiles.”

Monoleena Banerjee