Bram Van Breda

filthy brightness

Today we can hardly imagine that in the past it was common to use ashes and urine for the bleaching and cleaning of cloth. Just as today pigeon droppings are still used in Marrakesh to treat leather and in Mali mud is used in the 'bogolanfini' tradition to apply patterns on fabric. In our Western culture we have a very negative view towards soil, dirt, excrements, ... especially in relation to textiles. By dying silk with pigeon droppings and applying patterns by hand with charcoal, our perception of the rich and bright silk scarf shifts.