Eco-Print Idli Steam Dye
Eco-printing is a steam contact process originally used to imprint the shape of leaves on fabrics. Versions of this print technique have been around for centuries, perhaps longer. However, Eco-printing as we know it was essentially developed by textile designer and scholar India Flint and widely shared in her 2008 book Eco Color. The initial experiments with eco-prints soon became a base for innovations as the Dyers began exploring their own creativity, noting the similarity of the process to cooking steamed rice dishes. We even used an “idli” (rice-cake) steamer to steam the textiles, and so the name has stayed! Idli steam dyeing is the primary technique used in our Temple Blessings textiles.