Canvases and linens covered in beautiful white pattern, dyed with pigment of the indigo plant, have their lovely stories. Each pattern as well as the family manufacture who produces these fabrics, as the technique itself, which came to Europe originally from far East Asia.
In Tradice, we work with indigo fabrisy, which are for over 200 years produced by one family manufacture in a small town Olešnice . One of the two workshops, which today are the only ones in our country, who have been using this original technique for generations.
This technique, which was very recently listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, has taken place in Europe since the 18th century. To Europe, the technique of indigo dyeing was brought from China and Japan. Home planted and homemade woven fabrics were brought to the dyer`s workshops, which were in most of the smaller cities. People alover our country came to add some color and decor to the textile products of their lifes. The indigo print has gradually penetrated folk costumes and, in some folkloric regions, has been preserved as a characteristic costume element, mainly for the skirts. The pattern prints negatively, so that it is printed on a white cloth with a cover liquid (masking substance), then stained in a blue bath of indigo pigmented water, the reserve is removed by dissolving and the white pattern remains on a dark blue background. The printing molds are made by form makers, either as a woodcut (coarse patterns) or by setting copper wires (fine, detailed patterns), or a combination of both. Most designs printed in Olešnice(over 200 designs) are 100+ years old. The forms themselves are a beautiful work of honest old craftsmenship.
We are very proud that our designer, Zuzana Osako, is also the author of the pattern and design of the collection for the Czech team for the OLYMPIC GAMES 2020 in Tokyo, and that our athletes will wear indigo printed fabrics in this collection with a pattern, which was specially created for this occasion.