by Dienke Dekker
‘a project on the performance of striped yarns in woven textiles’
‘the Union of the Striped Yarns’ is a project revolving around the meeting points of striped yarns in woven textiles and the patterns emerging in which these stripes meet and find each other. By influencing the basic element of a textile, its yarn, the individual characters of the products are defined. The collaboration of the yarns and the different ways of interweaving them results in complex repetitions and sequences, seemingly random overall effects and intriguing color-plays. The achieved patterns are not always directly comprehensible, but the loose ends of the textiles unveil some of the mystery.
A carpet, a couch plaid and a chair cover show the different ways how the coloring of a yarn and the way it is woven can create new unions, ranging from industrial weaves realized in tied up and hand-dyed yarns to hand-weaves with industrially printed yarns as barrier tape to simple weaves in which the yarns were striped by the twining of two colored ropes.
Three different techniques of creating striped yarns are directed to the creation of this outspoken textile products.
materials: cotton, wool, plastic
‘handdyed yarns, industrially woven’
By tying up yarns and then dying them, the tied up parts remain unpainted because the paint cannot reach these areas, creating striped yarns. With the ancient technique of Ikat, the yarns are tie-dyed in a very precise way to obtain a certain pattern when weaving with these yarns. This method of weaving is done by hand to be able to work with the exact right precision in order to achieve the wanted patterns. This is a painstakingly time consuming process. Hand-dyed yarns are special in every way in which they are used. Even an industrial weaving machine will bring its own rhythm when combined with these yarns and will result in more unplanned patterns.
‘industrially printed yarn, handwoven’
A less time consuming and easier way instead of hand dyed yarns: the industrially printed yarns. This process began with the already existing red-white and yellow-black barrier tape and was continued with weaving with printed barrier tape in custom colors. By weaving barrier tape with the hands, patterns and different kinds of colors arise depending on the used color of the warp and the weft.
This method for creating striped yarns evolves from the traditional technique of turning yarns. By intertwining two or more yarns, thicker and stronger yarns are obtained. The possibility to intertwine yarns with contrasting colors results in striped yarns.