A Brief History of Shibori

25th Feb 2016

When thinking of home decoration ideas, do you consider historical or cultural significance? Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting, or bunching clothing and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. When you undo the binding, it leaves parts of the cloth undyed. There are hundreds of ways to do it, and some of the most popular are large tie dye, small tie dye (a.k.a. knots), and creased crinkle. Quickfit elects to offer our clients these historically rich designs using modern printing technology so the dye doesn’t bleed onto your sofa or pants.

Moving on!

Shibori is derived from the Japanese word shiboru, which means to press, to squeeze, and to wring, giving users a hint at the method used to create the beautiful designs. Shibori-dyed cloths have been dated as far back as the eighth century, but did not maintain a strong presence in Japanese fashion due to the difficulty of finding indigo dye for an affordable price.Traditionally, the Shibori dye techniques were applied to silk and hemp. It wasn’t until the 20th century that dyeing using Shibori was reintroduced to the fashion world with the application to cotton materials.

As we previously stated, there are hundreds of ways to create Shibori designs. The traditional patterns were chosen based on the type of fabric used and the abilities it had to be bunched, bound, and dyed in different ways. Some patterns could be combined to create more unique pieces of art.

Today, Quickfit adopts this Japanese art and recommends the cushion covers to anyone searching for culturally and historically relevant home decoration ideas.