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Shibori an ancient art, originating from the land of the rising sun Japan, also a Japanese word meaning, varied methods to embellish textiles, by shaping cloth and securing it in ways, like binding and knotting, before dyeing. Interestingly, six major types to this technique, conclude in beautiful surface designs on fabric.

  • Arashi- is a technique resulting in diagonal stripes, resembling storm driven rain.
  • Kumo- necessitates wrapping cloth around specific objects and holding them in place with thread, to achieve specific designs.
  • Kanoke- is similar to the Tie and Dye, most commonly, circular shapes are achieved with it.
  • Nui- requires stitching cloth, by pulling the threads tight and gathering the fabric to secure it in place before dyeing, for accurate and varied patterns.
  • Miura- the easiest, entails looping and binding, using a hook and needle.
  • Itajime- involves fabric folded and sandwiched between two pieces of wood and then folded several times in varied tensions, to get differing results.
  • An inspirational art for designers today, Shibori has been modernized for use in fields like interiors and fashion, utilizing natural fabric, such as silk, hemp and cotton. Designers, Free Living, Mojari Flake, Simply Kitsch and Megha & Jigar, showcase gorgeous Shibori styles, @atailorstale.


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