Exploration of the Selvedge back issues continues. In a short but gorgeous story the magazine explains that Georg Stark is one of the last true indigo hold-outs, still working as a traditional blue printer in Germany.
He owns nearly 500 hand-made antique wooden blocks for printing. Designs range from early Asian prints of peonies and peacock feathers to smaller European styles, explains Hanny Kauwelaar. In his work, Stark uses a 17th-century recipe for a sticky resist-paste that keeps the indigo dye from permeating the fabric, or in other words, keeps the material white at the desired points. For more see Selvedge, issue 16.
The first image above is from Selvedge; the second two are from Im Kattrepel.
A reminder: if you are inclined to try your own project, Pacific & Rose sells woodblocks, average price $25.