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Modern Shibori - Traditional Japanese Methods

Itajime Shibori

Shibori is a unique word which references a wide variety of different methodsd twisting and turning, folding and clamping in order to stop (resist) the dye from penetrating the fabric. The possibilities are endless.

Above are a few examples of the fold and clamp method. Note the wide variety of color combinations. The resist shapes must be ridgid in some material - the traditional Japanese is wooden blocks, but I prefer plexiglass because it doesn't transfer color from one dye bath to another.

It's an exciting time and yields exciting results!

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Arashi Shibori

Arashi Shibori involves wrapping cloth around a pole. .Depending on which direction you wrap, how tightly you wrap, what overlap you have helps to determind the resulting pattern.

The Japanese use a pole that is ridigly mounted to ensure they get exactly the same results each time, but I enjoy the variation that is achieved with the minor changes in wrapping methods.

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Class Supplies:
  • All necessary dyes and chemicals are provided for the class.
  • Arashi poles will also be provided.
  • Traditional Japanese items are provided for the Itajime style class.
  • Students must provide their own fabric. This class is designed to work well with projects using cotton, bamboo, silk and rayon.
  • $135 per class per student.
  • Classes are typically two days in length for 6 hours each day.
  • Supply fee includs dyes used in class
  • Students to supply their own material
  • 50% deposit required at time of registration
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