In a previous post we talked about decorating with ethnic fabrics, and we saw the history and evolution of one of them: batik. Now is the turn of shibori, born in Japan, 1,300 years ago. In feudal Japan, cotton and silk were not available to everyone. The lower classes wore clothes made of hemp cheap tissues. As they could not afford to get new clothes often, the shibori was born as a way to make old clothes seem new.



Over time, this poor’s technique evolved and flourished many different branches of shibori, even began to be used as a method to decorate silk kimonos of the most aristocratic. The oldest shibori fabrics has been found in deposits in the eighth Century in Japan, but the technique was already used before in China and India.

telasetnicasshibori2Via: House Beautiful

Shibori means twisting, squeezing, pressing. It’s a form of dyeing reserve, which is based on folding (like origami), puckering, sewing or tying the cloth before staining, to reserve (protect) from the indigo certain parts of the cloth. Once stained, we see a pattern of blue and white parts, with its characteristic smooth contours and designs wrinkled texture, since the dye didn`t penetrate in “reserved” areas.


Kanoko, Miura, Kumo, Nui, Arashi, Itajime … There are many techniques of shibori. Would you like to know and prove yourself this century-old technique? Decorating with ethnic fabrics and the shibori are very fashionable in Europe and the US, even among celebrities, so you’re sure to find workshops in your city. But remember: according to Shibori teachers, you will need five years to become an acceptable craftsman, knowing all dyeing processes with sufficient technical knowledge to decide what needs each fabric.

What do you think about the shibori technique? Are you ready to try decorating with ethnic fabrics?

telasetnicasshibori4Via: Anthropologie