Hey everyone, very beautiful morning today. Its cool, its cold and its wintery. I hate this weather, I just don’t like it, although I like snow (confusing much?). Its very quiet here. Lol. Anyhoo, so today I am sharing one of the thousand things I have done this semester. I know everyone has heard of shibori dyeing techniques. Its basically an ancient Japanese technique to recycle, reuse old cloths. (As if you didn’t know, hah!) Anyways, I thought it’d be great if I share what I learn in college. So there’s a lot to shibori than just tying pieces of fabric and putting them in the dye. If you’d like to know more continue reading, or scroll below where I am sharing some of the tie – dye samples I have created.
So, the tie n dye which we consider shibori is actually called KANOKO SHIBORI, which involves binding, gathering bunches of fabrics with rubber bands or threads and dyeing them. This basically creates circles where dye doesn’t reach.
Second is MIURA SHIBORI, this involves a thread and a needle. parts of fabric are plucked. There is no tying, or wrapping. The gathering of the cloth is what creates patterns. It creates wavy water like moir effect.
Next is KUMO SHIBORI. Now this is a very hard technique and requires expertise as fabric is plucked very close to each other and very finely. This creates spider web like designs.
ARASHI SHIBORI is another technique which where fabric is wrapped in a piped, wrapped with a rope and then dyed. Now this creates some interesting patterns.
Last is ITAJIME SHIBORI. This refers to shape resisting technique, where a wooden block of any shape is taken and the fabric is sandwiched between. The entire shaped area resists color and creates a tessellating pattern.
We had a subject, Creative Textiles, where we got to learn all this. We created 20 swatches using 80S voile cotton. Sorry what does 80S mean? Its a technical term for the fabric. For us, its no more just white cotton, or soft cotton… Its 40S Cambric, 16S sheeting, 80S voile. hahah Life has been messed up now. Thanks to college. Who knew there’ll be maths in even naming the fabrics?? Lol.
Here’s few more samples I created.
So well i hope, you guys enjoyed reading this and checking these samples. I would really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks for reading and there’s more to come.
Have a Nice Day. 🙂