The word shibori means ‘to squeeze, wring or press’ in Japanese, and describes the intricate ‘resist’ technique of gathering and folding material in specific ways to control the areas that the dye reaches. It is usually used for decorating kimonos or yukata (summer cotton kimonos) says Hiroyuki Murase, who is the fifth generation of a shibori artisan family and owner of textile brand Suzusan. The result is often an unpredictable combination of indigo and undyed natural fabric. No two pieces will ever be the same. Watch a video of Suzusan’s shibori artists at work, above (suzusan.com).
To find out more about shibori dyeing, and to see our pick of indigo shibori products, check out our November issue