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Cyanotype Printing : A Step Towards the History

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Hello everyone. I am back with a very old but yet new to you textile technique and beautiful garments and handlooms out of it. Lets begin wit knowing what is exactly cyanotype printing.

Cyanotype printing is one of the first photographic printing technique which was used in India. Photographs were developed with this technique. In cyanotype printing, chemicals are applied on a paper and then the negative of the photograph is placed upside down on the paper and are temporarily mirror framed to give them exposure in the sun. After the exposure, due to chemical reactions in presence of UV rays the photograph gets printed on the paper and hence your negative is developed.

Ooof!! A lot of chemistry , but here’s some of the pictures taken during my workshop on Cyanotype printing to give you a better understanding.

negative which are developed before printing .

negative which are developed before printing .

This is a red room where chemicals are applied so that they donot react with ligh.

This is a red room where chemicals are applied so that they don’t react with light.

The images are mirror framed and are exposed in sun.

The images are mirror framed and are exposed in sun.

chemicals are washed in tap water after the printing.

chemicals are washed in tap water after the printing.

Now, after understanding a lot about cyanotype printing, lets see what the results are. The image printed are blue and can be toned to different colours by medium like tea and coffee. The images displayed here are from my first exploration of this technique. This technique can be done on marble, white wood, 100% cotton paper or 100% natural fibre fabric.

This is the same print whose negative is displayed in the beginning of the article.

This is the same print whose negative is displayed in the beginning of the article.

This print is developed on 100% cotton casement fabric.

This print is developed on 100% cotton casement fabric.

Cyanotype printing on paper - they are dried after washing with water.

Cyanotype printing on paper – they are dried after washing with water.

cyanotype printing

cyanotype printing

Now, lets talk about thing which matter to us. How to use this technique for us. There are 100’s of ways. Beautiful kurtas are available in market with beautiful natural prints on them and are either pure cottons or pure silks. Cushion covers are the most beautiful product you can buy and give a amazing modern cum classical look to your drawing room.

On t-shirt

On t-shirt

textile developed with cyanotype printing on it with the help of natural leaves.

textile developed with cyanotype printing on it with the help of natural leaves.

cyanotype printing

cyanotype printing

cushion covers with cyanotype printing on it.

cushion covers with cyanotype printing on it.

Today, when the market is full of digital printing, there is no place for classical printing techniques but still people who like things which are different, unique, royal and are valuable would love this technique and products by it. This technique is very simple to learn and can be performed at home. With this technique you can develop your own textiles or people who prefer to buy products can have a new classically modern look for them. In summers wearing these kurta are very soothing and pleasing for everybody.

I hope you would appreciate my effort of making good part of our history our present!

 

vaishali mittal

I am a fashion designing student . I have a flair for writing as well as I like to design combining extreme things mostly nature and technology . !

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  • Medhavini Yadav

    hello.. Vaishali..thanks for the article… I need some information about the availability of Cyanotype chemicals… Please let me know where to contact you.
    Regards