I was lucky enough to participate in a shibori dying class and was genuinely delighted to unwrap each of my napkins to discover a wonderfully imperfect outcome. To have so many varying degrees of results for the same folded pattern was such a delight. But, to be able to find satisfaction in the uncontrollability of something that I carefully constructed was really calming to my typical OCD personality. 

Photo: Design Sponge

Photo: Design Sponge

Derived from the word shibori meaning “to wring, squeeze, and press” , this age-old tradition of folding, manipulating and twisting fabric like cotton and wool in elaborate geometric and floral patterns was created and mastered by the impoverished who could not afford to purchase new clothes. As the popularity of shibori gained momentum across the upper class, entire families would convert their home into an artisans studio with carefully controlled indigo baths. Because of the labor intensive nature in the dye process, each piece of shibori truly has a connection to the artisan that created it. Today, we'd go as far to say that shibori is as universal as as a stripe. It truly works with so many different styles and inserts a global yet approachable look that many people are searching for.

 

Here are five different ways you can use shibori at home:

 

BY LORA YOON HUH,
DIRECTOR OF STYLE AND CONTENT

 

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