Partially dyed warp threads with areas bound in preparation for the next dye bath. © Tim Stanley

Partially dyed warp threads with areas bound in preparation for the next dye bath. © Tim Stanley

The next stage of preparing the warp is to bind the areas of the threads that are to resist the dye of the first dye bath. These areas are wrapped tightly with cotton threads and wax is added to ensure that the tied areas remain undyed. The whole of the warp is then removed from its frame and sent to the dye house for its first application of colour.

Photgraph © Tim Stanley