The ancient Japanese art of shibori is a resist-dyeing technique commonly used to decorate silk or cotton found on Obi and Kimonos. The process to make these patterns involves manipulating cloth from 2D to 3D by pleating, folding, or clamping whereby the bound sections create resistance from the dye resulting in a variety of desired patterns.
Bound shibori fabric is beautiful, if not more beautiful than the flat two-dimensional fabric. By heat setting the bound piece, the fabric maintains its sculptural form resulting in an effect that is textural, tactile and literally pops creating a visually stunning effect for artworks, large scale sculptures, and lighting.
Modern interpretations of heat-set shibori are performed using synthetic fabrics that have thermoplastic qualities that are permanently heated and fused into place. The Shibori team has experimented with various resins to add the permanency to silk and other heat set base cloths that are complimentary to shibori techniques.
Shibori produces all heat-set sculptural silks, synthetics, and resin-coated fabrics in house by hand from their Sydney workshop. The process involves hand binding, dyeing, heating drying, and coating with resin to maintain the bound form. The result is a sculpted fabric with varying degrees of movement depending on the final application.
Shibori’s sculptural pieces are made for a lifetime rather than as a mass-produced item.
Shibori heat set is made to order and custom-designed making unique artwork guaranteed to provide a visual centrepiece within any setting.
A recent commercial project Shibori created a fabric structure based on sea life in exotic Chinese red tones traditionally associated with good fortune. The silk installation is 7 metres long and is a truly beautiful feature for a space.