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Wotuo (swirl pattern) Canvas Bag

Wotuo (swirl pattern) Canvas Bag

Regular price $120.00 CAD
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Miao batik or la ran (蜡染), from Guizhou, China, is a wax-resist dyeing technique that has been around since the Qin and Han dynasties. Although this craft has been added to the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list, it remained largely a local tradition and incorporates many traditional motifs to this day - for example, the swirl or "wotuo" pattern in Miao dialect, is used to commemorate their ancestors.

The tote bag on display incorporates this "wotuo" pattern and is carefully hand-painted and hand-dyed. The pattern is drawn onto the fabric with melted beeswax which acts as a dye resistant during the natural indigo dyeing process. Then as you flip it over, a special handwoven fabric is revealed and these shades and patterns vary from bag to bag - really making them "one of a kind"!

If you are interested in learning more about this craft or the team of talented artisans behind it, feel free to check out our videos and blog posts.

Fibre Content

Cotton and Linen Blend


37*40 cm

Care Guide

1. Not machine washable. Gently hand wash in cold water with a mild, neutral detergent.
a) Please separate from other garments as these are naturally dyed so may bleed.
b) Do not use bleach or any kind of detergent which contains a bleach additive.
c) Bleach will cause splotching of the indigo dye and damage the integrity of the garment or fabric.
2. Do not wring, and simply hang to dry. Try to also limit the exposure of direct, harsh sunlight.

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