Handmaker's Factory

Shibori Dyeing Techniques

Shibori is a Japanese term for dyeing cloth. There are a great many methods including stitching, folding, twisting, wrapping and compressing and each method produces different pattern results.

We will be using the following three methods in our class this weekend.


Arashi Shibori
Image: Mary T. Buchanan

The fabric is wrapped diagonally around a pole then thread is wrapped tightly up and down the fabric before scrunching the fabric together. Arashi is Japanese for storm, the pattern suggests the driving rain of a heavy storm.


Image: Art Threads

Kumo is a pleated and bound resist. By pleating sections of the cloth very finely and evenly then binding in very close sections this technique creates a spider-like design. 


Itajime shibori
Image: Make Something

Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist technique. The cloth is sandwiched between two pieces of wood or plastic, which are held in place with string or clamps. The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover.


If you're interested in learning these techniques you should definitely come along to our class this Saturday which is taught by Rosalind Slade. After experimenting and creating samples of each technique, you may chose your favourite or a combination to create your own individual silk Shibori scarf. All materials are supplied and no experience is necessary.

Once you've learned the techniques you might also like to bring along some prepared pieces to our indigo dye class!