Introducing Shibori

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.

Thats Kanoko shibori sample that I made. Being a biology student, back in school, this looks to me like an anatomy of leaf surface.

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.

Thats Miura Shibori, the diamond patterns are the parts which resisted dyeing du to gathering.

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.

This is Arashi Shibori. I believe this is my favorite because everytime it creates a unique moir effect on fabric.

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.

Itajime Shibori. I used a triangular wooden block to clamp this piece.

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.

This is using rubber bands. Concentric circles have resisted dye.
Thats a sample where I wrapped the cloth in between ice cream sticks and dyed it.

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. 🙂


11 thoughts on “Introducing Shibori

  1. Wow! So cool! I honestly didn’t know there was a technical name for it so this post was very informative. I think the Arashi looks like fire on fabric and I also agree about the Kanoko sample looking like leaf cells under a microscope. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Silas! Sounds like you’re leaning all kinds of things in school.

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  2. I had never heard of Shibori, but I’ve done tie-dye before and it looks like the same process. I live in oversized tie-dye shirts. They re the best! I love your designs. I’ve never seen some of these techniques and now I want to dye stuff! Haha! Thanks for sharing! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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    1. Tie-dye and shibori are more or less same things, except tie and dye only focusses of tying up fabric and dying. The Kanoko shibori is more or less tie-dye. Whereas shibori is itself has many more variations and plus it’s an old japanese tradition that probably came first. Haha i want you to dye stuff and please share!! I would like to see. Trust me its so fun! I’m glad you liked the post. 🙂

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