Shibori is an ancient and intricate Japanese resist dying technique. Developed thousands of years ago, this delicate art is often seen on kimonos and obi sashes.

While Shibori is predominantly applied to fabrics, over the years the beautiful and often complex patterns yielded by the process have even made their way onto porcelain.

Traditional Shibori uses indigo, but in modern practice, other colours can also be used. It isn’t uncommon these days to see Shibori patterns sported on high-end fashion from well-known and independent designers alike.

Suitable for novices and experts, it can take years to develop the skills to methodically plan and master the important folding and clamping techniques required to develop detailed Shibori patterns. Beginners in Shibori generally start out with simple techniques like Arashi Shibori, or pole-wrapping Shibori, before moving on to more complicated processes.

Whether you’re a novice or a connoisseur, Shibori is a very therapeutic and productive way to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon.

If you’d like to learn Shibori, we’re running Shibori classes over this season.

More information on these classes.