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batik mccall's m6279 + porte de non retour

Added Aug 22, 2013

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






Recently I went to visit a batik (wax resist dyed fabric) artist and had some fabric custom stamped and dyed with Ouidah’s most famous monument – the Door of No Return, where slaves were forced to embark on ships to the Americas.

The full story is written here: http://cathywu.com/journal/treadling/2013/08/20/batik-mccalls-m6279-porte-de-non-retour/


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    Aug 23, 2013, 08.51 AMby Mary Athey

    fab dress and i do love your fabric. your blogs a brillant read and the story about the fabric and the stamp etc ate facinating. another gorgeous dress cathy x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 02.15 AMby kisses

    Like the style…looks very military

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    Aug 22, 2013, 11.04 PMby puffinlove

    I just read your blog entry about this dress – gosh! So much in one garment. The history is grim indeed. The photos of the stamping and dying process were fascinating, and you made a nice dress out of the fabric!

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      Aug 28, 2013, 11.14 AMby cathytxtwfr

      thanks, the history is grim, but thankfully its just that – history!

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