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: