Shibori is a cloth dyeing technique which includes stitching, binding, twisting, clamping and folding. Basic technique of shibori is to draw a picture on a cloth, and tie a knot tightly with a thread. The cloth is then dyed with one or many colors. Based on the colors used and patterns required to be created, the cloth is dyed multiple times. When the thread is unwrapped, they produce appealing designs.

This is a very labor intensive method. The special feature of shibori is a soft or blurry edged pattern which differentiates it from sharp edged finishing obtained through wax, stencil, or paste.

Craftsmen of shibori work inside their homes, making this art a unique and national treasure of the country. As this is done manually, the patterns made will look unique with every different artisan though it is done on the same material.

A Global Tradition:

Like many other arts, which were revived with globalization, shibori has inspired a modern resurgence laden with legend. Fashionable interpretations of shibori are seen all over the fashion world from local ramp shows to runways in Paris. Originally from Japan, this conventional craft is practiced all over the world. Shibori traditions have existed in the Middle East and also in the Indian subcontinent. Presently, it is followed actively in South China, West Africa, Indonesia, Himalayan region, and in the Western regions of India.

This art offers unprecedented potential in creating wide range of textures on cloth. The fine texture of the cloth, and rich sensuous colors used attract creative individuals. This wearable art with special magic and strong appeal has established itself in the world of garment and fashion.

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