Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dying, which produces patterns on fabric. The dying technique typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it. Shibori is not only restricted to the wise old Japanese textile craft of hand dying indigo-but it has also been modernised and mass produced.it has now become a classic textile application that is used throughout all textile industries from interiors to fashion for inspiration. There are six major known shibori techniques; kanoko, miura, kumo, nui, arashi and itajime. Fabrics have all different characterstics so the method must be chosen wisely to achive the desired effect. The results are endless and can be as simple or as elaborate as you please.
Shibori in india
Regionally-developed techniques for fabric manipulation and dying have existed for millennia in the sub -continent; the best known of these being bandhani. Bandhani derives from the Sanskrit word banda meaning “to tie” and developed during the Indus river civilisation, where the earliest evidence of dying dates back to 4000 B.C.
Bandhani makes use of every colour under the rainbow, though the predominant colour used are red, yellow, blue, green and black. Bandhani is today only practised in the areas where it was developed- Sindh (Pakistan), Punjab, Gujrat and Rajasthan (India). Bandhani is made through covering small pinches of fabric with thread, creating geometric patterns through the concentration of small dots.
Another technique practised in India is leheriya; leher meaning “waves of the ocean “. This technique is practised only in a few areas of rajasthan, making it quite unique. Leheriya is created through a complex method of rolling folding and re-rolling the fabric to create waves.
Today, while the country’s historic patterns remain popular in India. we have tried to experiment with Japanese-influenced designs, creating traditionally handcrafted fabrics with a contemporary, global feel. They may closely resemble the elegant and restrained Japanese patterns, but they exhibit an exuberance of form and colour that is purely INDIAN