Updated: Feb 22, 2021
SHIBORI!! Let’s talk Shibori. You’ve seen Shibori, even if you don’t know that you have. Here ya go:
Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of folding, scrunching, stitching and generally manipulating fabric and then dyeing it. Traditionally Shibori is dyed with indigo but of course it could be used with any color. Once I saw an amazing effect using a red wine burgundy color. Shibori is kind of like the sophisticated cousin of tie-dye, but only using one color, not many. There are thousands of techniques for creating the Shibori fold and many books written on it, too many to list but you should research it because it’s fascinating!
I wanted to make my girl’s flutter sleeve dress Estrella dress in Shibori so I gathered up some fabric and I laid it out flat and started to fold it up into a kind of accordion style long line of fabric. Then I folded all that up into a manageable size, tied it with butcher’s twine and dropped it into the indigo bath using the technique from my previous post. When it was oxidized, rinsed, and dried it was so gorgeous! Something about that dark inky blue just knocks me out! Behold the final product! The dress is now available in my Etsy shop and on my website!