Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric.

There are an infinite number of ways one can tie-dye, bind, stitch, fold, pleat,twist or compress the fabric for shibori, and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also used to work in harmony with the type of cloth used. Therefore, the technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed.

Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one another to achieve even more elaborate results.

Kanoko shibori is what is commonly thought of in the West as tie-dye.

Miura shibori is also known as looped binding.

Kumo shibori is a pleated and bound resist.

Nui shibori includes stitched shibori.

Arashi shibori is also known as pole-wrapping shibori.

Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist technique.


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