Learning Shibori

In 2012 I took a series of workshops at Oregon College of Art & Craft. One of the things I learned was Shibori, a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing.  In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used. (Check out this article.) We used cotton and silk to create interesting and beautiful patterns.

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I also took a 3-day workshop called Craft Meets Fashion in which we created our own silk textiles using the shibori method (I used the pole wrapping technique called arashi to create this pattern) and we learned to use acid dyes. Once we made the textile, we cut a pattern and created a tank top with darts and binding. It was amazing to create a one-of-a-kind textile, as well as to learn to finish a garment. I have just started setting up my home dyeing studio, and am looking forward to creating more work!

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