Shibori – An Ancient Japanese Dye Technique

Shibori is known to be one of the oldest Indigo dying techniques in Japan. It was most popular in the early Edo period when the lower classes were prohibited from wearing silk.

For Shibori, the cloth can be bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and/ or compressed. Each method that is used is done in harmony with the type of cloth to create beautiful surface designs.

Fabrics have all different characteristics, so the method must be chosen carefully to achieve the desired effect. The results are endless and can be as simple or as elaborate as the artist wants.

I use 100 percent cotton items to dye using Shibori techniques.

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