the way of shibori
During a natural dyes workshop taught by Rebecca Burgess this spring, we experimented with some very basic shibori techniques. Shibori being “the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing,” according to the definition found in a beautiful and comprehensive book called “Shibori, The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing.”
At the time I hadn’t yet seen the book I refer to above, and I was eager to learn more, so I googled “shibori workshop san francisco” and came up with the perfect workshop taught by shibori expert Ana Lisa Hedstrom, and held at a delightful place called the Sewing Workshop in San Francisco.
We spent two days learning a variety of shibori techniques, including arashi (pole-wrapping), stitching, tying and clamping. The dyes we used were indigo and madder. I was so engrossed in the learning process that I took very few photos at the workshop.
In the photo above, several student pieces are drying after being removed from the dye bath. Most of the pieces in the photo are arashi shibori, a technique where the fabric is wrapped around a pole, secured with string, then twisted and scrunched before being immersed in the dye bath. The flowered piece in the foreground was done by folding and clamping the fabric.
One of the students brought in several pieces of shibori that she purchased while visiting Japan. Among her samples was this kimono, a stunning example of a design created by clamping the fabric before dying it.
I was able to try a number of techniques during the class. My samples are shown in the photo below, as they hang to dry. The techniques I used are arashi (pole-wrapped), ori-nui (hand stitched), kumo (tied), karamatsu (hand stitched), machine stitched, and board clamped.
More to come about my further experiments with shibori.