Opulent fabrics are used to create delicate pieces in our collections. With a smooth surface and tight weave, silk makes the perfect fabric for absorbing the medley of colours during the dyeing process. Marbling has origins deep set in the days of the T’ang dynasty of China, spreading widely to Japan, India, Iran and Turkey via the Silk Road.
In Turkey, the technique was used to verify the authenticity of official documents during the time of the Turkish Empire. Historically, marble dyeing has been exclusive to paper. With the growing interest in marbling on fabric, Edward Mongzar has successfully brought the mediums of marbling and luxury fashion to life, with marble dyeing on luxury fabrics.
Using this centuries old Artisanal craft, Edward attempts to capture the subtle nuances and natural flow of the colour swirling on the water; impressing upon the fabric a serene colour effect. The resulting patterns are as free and gentle as the paint on the water. Edward views the marbling process as a representation of the ideal 'live and let live', with the water and dye acting independently but coming together to create something beautiful.
When marbling, Edward gently drips dye onto the surface of the water in the marbling tank, taking care to ensure he allows enough time for the dye to spread across the water, capturing every subtle swirl. Then, he take the fabric and lays it flat atop the water's surface so that the fabric soaks in the patterns.
He then dries the fabric in the natural heat of the sun, avoiding any un-necessary use of electricity during the drying process and allowing mother nature to work her magic on the silk. After the dry, they are washed gently to ensure no run off colour and are then ready to be made into the ethereal silk pieces that Edward Mongzar is so well known for!
Due to the unique nature of the patterns caused by the dye swirling atop the water, each pieces is completely unique as no two prints will ever be the same.