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Something about Shibori

Shibori. It’s the buzz word on everyone’s lips of late, including ours. Pop into one of our showrooms and you’re bound to see a touch of this tie-dyed textile.

What is Shibori?

Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that originated in the 8th Century. The name comes from the Japanese word “shiboru”, meaning to wring, squeeze or press, which is fitting considering the patterns are created by folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth dyed in patterns created by the resistance, while other areas of the cloth are left undyed.

This technique has been around for years, therefore there are multiple techniques for creating the distinct patterns including binding, stitching, folding, twisting and compressing the fabrics used. Each technique must also work in harmony with the fabric used to achieve the desired look. To date the official methods used are as follows: Kanoko (or tie-dye, as it is more commonly known), Miura, Kumo, Nui, Arashi and Itajime .


Shibori at Hertex.

We’ve taken a distinct liking to this fresh, spring trend and have introduced it to two of our fabric designs; Ink Blot in Delft and Dilute in Aqua. The latest addition to our collection is the Shibori rugs (R9550), which are the perfect juxtaposition between a traditional technique and contemporary colour. The rugs are made from a blend of wool and cotton, and measure 240 x 340 cm in size.


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