Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Japanese Tie-Dyeing (Shibori)

Sometimes I like to throw in a little something for our dye folks on the list. I can't say I'm not a bit fascinated myself.

I think that shibori is such an interesting technique. I never knew it was so time consuming, but the outcome is always so beautiful. There are Japanese pieces that took months just to tie! You can find out more about the history of shibori tie-dyeing at the Arimatsu-Narumi Museum of Tie-Dyeing in Japan. This site has a nice overview of the different styles. Very cool site.

Still stitching and embellishing away on the jazz quilt...


Erin said...

Oh my god, I loved the shibori site. I am just getting ready to launch into playing around with it and what fun. But the best was the bizarre use of English on the website - almost as if they were using Babelfish to translate. Not that I would EVER be able to write a bit of Japanese, and I think it's amazing that they even post in another language. Did you see the "Mates" on that page? Miss Tie-Dye of the year? Wonderful.
take care,

deb said...

and then again, Jan Thompson got some wonderful results with a guerilla shibori technique developed at the Lawrenceville Frankenstein Dyeworx.
We just acquired 10 more feet of 4" PVC pipe..woo woo