This traditional Japanese craft converts simple pieces of cloth into paradisiacal wreaths of art.
Cloth, before and after it touches a persons body is an expression of the wearers social status, custom, heritage, and aspirations. The way the fabric is designed and used holds a special meaning for the wearer affecting ones aesthetic sensibilities. Man has used different ways of embellishing textiles in many creative ways. Dyeing the textiles in lively colors is one of them. In dyeing too, several novel ideas are used to apply the dyes in a resourceful manner. Dyeing has evolved through many cultures all around the world, and is practiced as a special art in countries like China, Japan, Latin America, and Africa. Shibori is a way of dyeing textiles in Japan since the 8th century. Numerous techniques are followed for resist processes.
Shibori is a cloth dyeing technique which includes stitching, binding, twisting, clamping and folding. Basic technique of shibori is to draw a picture on a cloth, and tie a knot tightly with a thread. The cloth is then dyed with one or many colors. Based on the colors used and patterns required to be created, the cloth is dyed multiple times. When the thread is unwrapped, they produce appealing designs.
This is a very labor intensive method. The special feature of shibori is a soft or blurry edged pattern which differentiates it from sharp edged finishing obtained through wax, stencil, or paste.
Techniques of Shibori: