Sunday, March 7, 2010

The shibori technique

After the lovely comments on my first shibori scarf -thank you all so much-, I thought to write a liitle about this art.
 Shibori is an ancient Japanese art and has many interpretations. It essentially denotes shaped resist textile, and is commonly associated with dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it.

It is utilized in knitting and felting, for transformative knitting, either by the use of physical resists (marbles, corks, hazelnuts) that prevent specific areas of knitting from felting, creating unique fabric with bobbles and dimensionality, or by the use of non felting fibers as resists, for example a silk yarn with a wool yarn.

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