Introduction to Shibori, Saturday July 20th, 10-1pm

Introduction to Shibori, Saturday July 20th, 10-1pm


Saturday, July 20th from 10am - 1pm

Join us for an introduction to the Art of Shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using indigo. Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of manual resist dyeing techniques that involves shaping and securing the fabric before dyeing to create patterns. Known to be one of oldest Japanese dyeing techniques, the first appearances of shibori dyed fabrics date back to the eighth century.

We will explore several techniques, including:

Itajime shibori is known as the shape-resist technique.

Arashi is the Japanese term for “storm” and it’s also known as the pole-wrapping technique, and

Kumo shibori is known as the pleat and bind technique. It involves binding the fabric in very close sections, which results in several spider like designs.

You will create three tea towels, one of each pattern. You may also bring ONE of your own SMALL natural fabric pieces to dye if you wish. These should be made of an all natural fabric. Scarves, tote bags, or table runners are good ideas. Large blankets or coats are not.

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Join us for an introduction to the method of Shibori.

Shibori - A Definition

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, "to wring, squeeze, press." Although shibori is used to designatc a particular group of resist-dyed textiles, the verb root of the word emphasizes the action performed on cloth, the process of manipulating fabric. Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Cloth shaped by these methods is secured in a number of ways, such as binding and knotting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori recognizes and explores. The shibori family of techniques includes numerous resist processes practiced throughout the world.

The special characteristic of shibori resist is a soft- or blurry-edged pattern. The effect is quite different from the sharp-edged resist obtained with stencil, paste, and wax. With shibori the dyer works in concert with the materials, not in an effort to overcome their limitations but to allow them full expression. And, an element of the unexpected is always present.

All the variables attendant on shaping the cloth and all the influences that control the events in the dye vat or pot conspire to remove some of the shibori process from human control. An analogy is that of a potter firing a wood-burning kiln. All the technical conditions have been met, but what happens in the kiln may be a miracle or a disaster. Chance and accident also give life to the shibori process, and this is its special magic and strongest appeal.