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Shibori: The Ancient Art of Resist Dyeing


Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping and securing cloth before dyeing.  Rather than treating the cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plucking and twisting.  Cloth shaped by these methods are secured in a number of ways but most often they are twisted and bound. Incorrectly labeled as "tie-dyeing" by most, the shibori method is uniquely ancient (A.D. 749) and immensely varied in its techniques.

The special characteristic of shibori resist is a soft- or blurry-edged pattern.  With shibori the dyer must work in concert with the materials rather than forcing his/her own will upon the process because the end result is unpredictable and full of surprises.

Our designers have used the ancient art of shibori resist-dyeing as inspiration for years.  If you would like to celebrate this ancient art form, you can find the spontaneous patterns of shibori reflected in these designs:

Shibori Tank Dress
Optique Skirt
Shibori Sash Dress (Sale!)

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One Response to Shibori: The Ancient Art of Resist Dyeing

  1. ppazly@gmail.com' Billie says:

    This brown one is just fabulous!!

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