What is Shibori?

Shibori is the ancient art form of manual resist cloth dyeing. The word itself comes from the Japanese “shiboru” meaning to wring, press or squeeze. Resists to dye are created by using a variety of folding techniques, by wrapping on objects such as a pole or rope, compressing between wooden blocks, tying, and specialized sewing stitches. No two shibori works are identical as any small difference in the process can dramatically change the outcome.

Creating a shibori piece is a process; each has been washed, rinsed and made ready for the dye, the resists applied, dyed in the colour(s) you see here, rinsed, the resists removed and then washed, hung to dry and then ironed. it is a very detailed process; each piece must be treated with love, dedication and respect and as a result, it becomes an individual work of art that cannot be duplicated.

Common Types of Shibori

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