Recipe for Rice Resist Paste

  • Rice Bran 
  • Glutinous Rice Flour

Additional Tools 

  • Steamer 
  • Bowl  
  • Stencil or paintbrush 
  • Scraper
  • Tape & Newspaper


Rice Resist Paste 

  • Start with equal parts e.g. 1/4 Cup of rice bran, 1/4 cup glutinous rice flour, 1/4 cup of water
  • Add equal parts : Rice Bran and Glutinous Rice Flour (approximately 1/4 cup) mix the two flours togethers. 
  • Add alittle water at a time. 
  • Mix with hands, add enough water so that the dough feels like earlobe. 
  • Divide the dough, and shape until doughnut forms (helps the rice paste stream quicker) 
  • Put the dough rings (ie. doughnuts) into a steamer, line the stream with cheesecloth or cotton cloth.  Stream for approx 30 to 40 mins 
  • Once steam is done, the dough is darker 
  • Add the dough to a bowl, add about 20% of the water and quickly mix with a hand blender until its smooth.  You can also use a mortar and pestle
  • if you want to preserve the dougn add approx 10% salt to the mix.  

After streaming for 30-40 minutes.  The doughnuts are upsidedown

Applying the rice paste to the fabric


The rice paste should be sticky enough to hold the fabric.  The rice paste will create natural barrier between the fabric and the dye.  If your paste is too thin, the paste may run at the edges of the stencil (remove the lid from the rice paste to naturally dehydrate some of the liquid).  If its too thick, its very sticky and hard to spread (add alittle water e.g. one teaspoon and mix again).    There is significant range of paste structure, just play have a go.

You will need to stretch out your fabric before you apply the rice resist paste.  You can use weighs or place pins at the surfaces of the fabric.   


You can apply the rice resist paste to the fabric by 

  1. Using a handmade stencil 
  2. Using a purchased stencil 
  3. Using a silk screen (i.e. screenprinting screen) 
  4. Handpaint the resist paste

Katazome provides the apply to repeat patterns using printmaking techniques

You may need to create a border (with tape or paper) to stop the paste from going over the edges of the stencil.  

Be firm (hold the fabric if not pinned down) when removing the stencil 


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