shibori double pleated

shibori runner: linen fabric

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Technique: double-pleating

Step One: pleat by stitching with thread and pulling up, wrap around a flexible core and wrap with thread to hold, use strips of fabric wrapped around as resists; dye with indigo, remove from core

Step 2: wrap around core with the other side down, wrap with thread to hold, wrap with strips of fabric to act as sectional resists; dye with indigo, remove from core, remove all pleating and tying thread

Results:

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katano shibori

Shibori on linen fabric, katano technique, dyed with indigo

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Easily one of the most frustrating projects I worked on, as it didn’t turn out like I wanted (I’d wanted more light and shading around the lines). When Bryan talked on his blog about me being frustrated with indigo, this is the piece that brought that out. I’m hoping with time I’ll just accept it for what it is and not think about what I wanted it to be.
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searching for shibori

I came in search of Arimatsu, a small town along the old Tokaido Road (the East Sea route from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto). Dating back to the early 1600s, Arimatsu has been associated with shiborizome. (You may have seen it represented in ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige as one of the 53 stations of the Tokaido.) In 1934, a small part of town was designated for preservation.
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I visited the Arimatsu-Narumi shibori museum, where two ladies in their 90s were demonstrating shibori techniques. (One was doing kanoko; the other working on kumo. The guide told me at this age they were “very professional”).image

There are some samples of kimono fabric rolls in different patterns and techniques.
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There are shops selling indigo items along the streets.
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Because shibori was my gateway to an interest in Japanese textile techniques, I felt I owed it to the town to stop and visit. But, partly stemming from the experience at the farmhouse, I feel I’m moving on from shibori and ready for a new challenge. Thank you, shibori, for introducing me to this path.

shibori update

Time to show what I’ve been working on, ready or not. It’s been a month, and I don’t feel I got nearly enough done. But maybe these things take time, and what I’ve learned isn’t only evidenced in what I created. (Maybe I can talk about that another time). In any case, some shibori.

attempt at something looking like a waterfall, unevenly pleated with thread and wrapped on a core (sorry, this is the best pic I’ve got): image

hand pleated tan cotton:
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unevenly pleated using thread, hand set pleats, and wrapped on a core:
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