Sunday, September 07, 2008

Do you know what Shibori is?

Last week I went to Oaks Bluff on Martha's Vineyard and saw a shop called Shibori and was a little curious because I recently met Kate Tracton through Etsy forums and blogging and who just happens to have a blog called, http://shiborigirl.blogspot.com/ . I was so disappointed when I found out it was closed. So when I got home I contacted Kate and she told me a little about Shibori....

Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of dyeing fabric - it's about 2000 years old. It could TECHNICALLY be called tie-dye, but most Shibori artists will bristle at that. The term calls up images of Grateful Dead t-shirts dyed using rubber bands. Anyway, the fabric is folded, stitched, twisted around a pole, or generally tortured into a 3-D shape before being popped into the dye bucket. After being dyed, the stitching and folding is undone to reveal fantastic pattern.

The process can be repeated many times to create a complex and lovely piece of cloth. This is a scarf
in Kate's shop and you can see more of her Shibori pieces at http://ktracton.etsy.com/ Kate also has on her blog how she goes about dieing her materials... To see and read more about Shibori please visit her blog at http://shiborigirl.blogspot.com/ . Kate also makes beautiful jewelry so please visit her Etsy Shop to see more of her items!


9 comments:

shiborigirl said...

Hi Terri,

Thanks so much for the feature and the links! I'm glad the dye techniques interested you enough to learn more about it.

Kate

amoonshadow said...

Thanks - I've not heard of this process before. I'm going to go check out shiborigirl's site. Very cool.

Jane Grafton said...

How interesting! Thanks for sharing the information.

Nicki Leigh said...

what an informative little post. Going to check out the site.

Cassie said...

I have heard of Shibori before, would love to give it a try some day. Thanks for the info and the link to your friend's blog. Just what I need, one more project to start!

w said...

neat!

and kate has the most adorable shop!

yellowfish said...

how interesting! I didn't know anything about this!

Karen said...

Enjoyed your blog.. great job!

karen

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hey Terri,

I do know about Shibori ~ when I was in graduate school I had a Turkish friend who died silk this way. It was just gorgeous and I have a large piece that I love to use on my table during holidays or around the bottom Christmas tree. Now, I'm off to check out your friend's shop!

Ciao,

Suzanne