Indigo Gives America the Blues, Timeline


Resist Printing: 1800s

Resist Printing: 1800s

Technological breakthrough:
Using large rollers to apply a resist paste that would block dye penetration

What to look for:
Small, repeating, white or light blue designs. Caution: with white designs, it can be difficult to differentiate between resist prints and discharge prints (right)

Resist printing uses a paste to block dye penetration in areas where a white pattern is desired; the pattern was often applied with rollers between which large quantities of fabric could be fed. If the fabric is immersed in a second dyebath after the resist paste is removed, light blue designs, instead of white, are created on the dark blue ground (see below).