Alice Klouzková from the Czech Republic works with indigo printing and dyeing. She paints and prints her own patterns in order to make different garments such as simple shirts, trousers and dresses as well as smaller accessories such as bags and brooches, mainly out of cotton and linen. Her work portfolio also includes pillowcases, tablecloths and placemats. Indigo print production in the Czech Republic has a long tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. The greatest boom was in the 19th century when there was an indigo print workshop in practically every town, but today there are only two indigo block printing workshops in operation in the Czech Republic, both of whom work directly with Klouzková. She became interested in indigo print in 2012 thanks to her doctorate at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague where she researched the use of indigo print and other traditional textile techniques in contemporary fashion design. The indigo print is at the core of her work. She doesn’t only use indigo extensively in her work but also champions it in her community through exhibitions, lectures and workshops.
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