It's been a while since we updated this blog (as returning customers and causal passers-by may already have noticed). In the meantime our focus has shifted from wholesale imports to retail crafts, from large tradeshows to smaller Art & Fine Craft Fairs around the country. While we still maintain our connections in Southeast Asia & Nepal, several years ago we began doing our own Indigo Shibori dyeing here at home, and we now use those trusted overseas contacts to obtain raw materials for our own work, the blank canvas for our own hand-made textile art. We still do the occasional bit of wholesale, so if you see something that interests you, feel free to contact us. And to stay abreast of where we next pitch our nomadic blue textile tent, check out the travel itinerary in the side bar.
But let us introduce you, formally, to EXOT BLUE DYERS...
We are dyers, working primarily in indigo. EXOT BLUE is a small two-man operation—all design and execution are done by R. Nemo Hill and Julio M. Perea in our studio on Long Island, New York. As a palette, we use an unusually wide array of all-natural fibers—both knit and woven—including linen, cotton, wool, bamboo, cashmere, and a variety of raw and refined silks. Combining the tools of traditional Shibori in non-traditional ways with other techniques including color resist and discharge, occasional screen printing, and an elaborate system of over-dyeing, we create unique wearable art from luxuriously comfortable fabrics that delight both hand and eye.
Indigo is a unique material which demands a great deal of patience to work with, a patience amply rewarded with a color that is alive to the eye—its blues of an infinite variety and a startling depth.
As artists we remain dedicated not only to the mastery of proven methods, but also open to those spontaneous explorations of tool and technique that define the very nature of the creative spirit. In keeping with that spirit, all of our work is one-of-a-kind, each scarf or shawl an unrepeatable experience.
In a world grown increasingly virtual and rubber-stamped, we remain committed to an art that is hands-on and sensually alert to each magic moment of the process.
Visit with EXOT BLUE DYERS here!