SHIBORI

SHIBORI

Waves of Color

Shibori is a Japanese word for a very old technique of decorating fabrics, which consisted  in doing several ties on tissues before immersing in the dye, so as to preserve the color parts. The first example of dyed fabric with the technique of shibori is of eighth century A.D. and, originally, it was a technique used by poor people, those ones unable to afford to buy expensive clothes made of silk or cotton. They used the old re-dyeing fabrics to give the appearance that they were new.

Later, during the period when the Japanese government established its headquarters in Edo, now Tokyo (1608-1868), the continuation of peace generated a relative order and economic progress, strong growth and development, both artistic and intellectual. All this attracted traders and craftsmen to Edo. In this context, the gorgeous silk shibori was used for the garments of the wealthy samurai and the people closest to the emperor.

Look what the talented Serena Mercione can achieve with this technique:


Shibori can be defined as a reserve dyeing technique, ie the fabric parts are sealed or shielded so that you do not get the coloring. The silk, also, before being dyed, is compressed, stitched and bound. The result is a tape looking pleated and the intense colors and varied ranging from blurring.
The results are always a bit unpredictable and it is in this that lies, in my opinion, its magic. Every jewel created with this silk will be unique. Even two earrings can never be identical, because silk has different nuances and movements. Check out the stunning creations of Mhoara and, once again, Serena Mercione:

I'm still taking the first steps in this technique but the examples just proposed stimulate me to prove myself in this very complex process. Here is the pendant that I just made. Click on the images to find out all the details:

 

 

We find again the concept of uniqueness and handmade. We move away again from homologation and consumer mentality that wants all the same products at low cost. Stay tuned to learn about other techniques and other original and innovative craftsmen.