Fortis: Textile Designer

By hand-dyeing fabrics made out of cotton, and raw silk, I will produce one of a kind pieces inspired by the Alhambra Palace, in Granada, Spain. I will focus on shibori techniques like itajime to create designs that resemble the geometric shapes and tile work seen throughout. As well as dip-dye textiles to create an ombre effect that represent the sunsets, and nature that surround the Palace. Knit pieces will be incorporated to resemble the texture seen in the architecture.


Mood Board



Textiles Mood Board






Materials Used



Dyeing Techniques (shibori, dip-dye)



Dyed Textiles



 Process for each Textile

Kaftan- Three yards of 100% organic cotton. Side panels were folded into triangles and a clamped to create the resist they were dyed in chartreuse, and left overnight in ziploc bags. Middle panels were dyed maroon and pagoda red. Cold water and soda ash was used. This took about four hours

Wrap dress- Three yards of raw silk fabric was used. One end was dyed teal and the other end in chartreuse. Silk dyes were used, and fabric was immersed in cold water mixed with distilled white vinegar. Total dye time was four hours.

Jumpsuit- Two and a half yards of 100% cotton. Immersed in cold water and soda ash. Maroon and chartreuse dyes were used, while in the trays I mixed maroon into the chartreuse to make orange, to create ombre effect. Total dye time was three hours.

High waisted pants- Two yards of 100% cotton. All four pattern pieces were dyed separately. They were all folded in small square pieces and clamped and dyed in olive drab. Immersed in cold water and soda ash. Total dye time was nine hours.

Plain knit top- 100% mercerized off white cotton yarn was used. Machine knitted all in stockinette stitch. Finished garment was stitched together and dyed in olive drab. Immersed in cold water. Knit time one hour, dye time one hour.

High waisted skirt- Two yards of 100% organic cotton. All pattern pieces were dyed and folded into triangles and clamped. Used kingfisher blue dye.Immersed in cold water and soda ash. Total dye time was two hours.

Textured knit top- 100% white cotton yarn. Machine knitted in stockinette stitch and punch card was used to create the tuck stitch which created the diamond shapes. Total knit time was two hours. Top was stitched together and dyed in kingfisher blue. Total dye time was one hour.


Completed Textiles








 Textile companies that my collection compliments:


Michael Levine 

Ashford Textiles 

Young Broke and Fabulous 


Textiles Scotland 

If I was to produce one of my textiles. I chose the ombre jumpsuit. The cost of production would be as follows. 

Paying myself $20 an hour. The amount of time it took to dye the fabric was three hours. Taking into account that it could take longer if the right ombre is not achieved during the first try. 

20×3= $60 per two yards  Wholesale price would be calculated as followed:

60x 2.5= $150. This would be the cost for my own production of a textile.