Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Shibori - Part 1
Tie-dyeing tends to be unplanned and free in approach, whereas Shibori can be very calculated and organized. Both use resists to dye fabric and this means using different ways of dyeing fabric, but keeping dyes off areas of fabric (resist).
Shibori, traditionally, is done with an indigo colored ink, but any color can be used.
String is used to tie tight knots in fabric, but it can also be sewn. Fabric can be wrapped, folded, twisted, and wrung to create results.
Found objects can be used, as well. (Kumo Shibori)
Pole Wrapping (Arashi)
Stitching technique to gather fabric (Nui)
Pressing an object between the folds of fabric (Itajime Shibori)
I've starting to learn the art of Shibori. It's a great art where planning, geometry, and luck, come into play. I've simplified the process to three steps: Bind, Dampen, Dye,
The tools are perhaps my favorite part. There are so many options to use.
I find that clamps of all kinds are great "quick binding" tools. Think clothespins, hair clips, pipe clamps, clamps from the hardware aisle.
Rope, paracord, chain, twine, string, ribbon, textured ribbon
Rubberbands, elastics, hair ties
PRESSURE tools: These are tools that when pressed and clamped into position, will create spaces that resist ink.
wooden tongue depressors, shaped disks, buttons, acrylic shapes,
rods for wrapping, wooden spoon handles, hose, thick wire, dowels
pebbles, stones, coins, keys, bottle caps, plastic comb, safety pins
Stay tuned for Shibori, Part 2, My Attempts at Shibori