Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A textile dyeing technique where wooden clamps are used to reserve areas of a fabric from receiving the dye. In this technique, the cloth is folded, pressed and clamped between wooden blocks adhering to a pattern. The unit is then dipped in dye. Small channels in the blocks control the flow of dye to the desired areas of the pattern, which are sealed and unsealed according to the requirements of the design.