Shibori

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currently crushing, shibori maxi dress, james coviello, antrhopologieMy current crush is the ancient Japanese resist-dyeing art of Shibori.  Shibori is a term for several different methods of cloth dying that’s used to make a pattern by binding , folding, twisting and compressing the fabric to make different designs.  In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a Shibori technique dates from the 8th century…

 

 

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There are at least six different techniques for Shibori resist-dyeing that all fall under the category of Shibori and are lumped together here in the West and known as tie dye.  Two of the most popular Shibori techniques are Arashi and Kumo.  Arashi, which is know as pole wrapping Shibori,  results in diagonal slashed patterns that look like rain from a heavy storm:

currently crushing, arashi shibori Kumo Shibori is a technique where little sections of fabric are wrapped around small objects such as pebbles and bound very closely.  Kumo Shibori makes a specific spider-like design:

currently crushing, kumo shibori

currently crushing, shibori maxi dress, james coviellocurrently crushing, shibori maxi dress, james coviello, anthropologieDress: James Coviello at Anthropologie/ Sandals: Stuart Weitzman/ Necklace: Wildfox via Chic Peek/ Pentagram Cuff: Pamela Love/ Bracelets: Forever 21/Earrings: Carolee

While searching for more Shibori dresses online,  I found a beautiful Kumo Shibori dyed maxi dress from Free People (seen below) that seems to be sold out everywhere so I’m thinking I might try this technique myself over the long weekend…

 

 

  • GORGEOUS! Obsessed with these photos Kristi!
    xo,
    Melissa
    MissyOnMadison.com

  • Heidi D.

    OMG, so beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous photos Kristi! Hope you have a wonderful 4th.

    Heidi D.
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

  • Hilary

    This is so beautiful. Is this the dress from Anthropologie?! I used to work at Anthro…and I have been crushing on this piece.

  • Kat Tanita

    That maxi is so beautiful! I love anything Shibori, myself!
    xo Kat
    http://www.withlovefromkat.com