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Arashi shibori

Arashi shibori at Mei Line

The Arashi pattern is created by tying a piece of cloth very tightly around a cylinder and then crumpling down the fabric to form little creases. It is one of the numerous reserve techniques used in Japan grouped under the shibori term. The tradition was to use a very large bamboo section in Japan, but here, we make do with PVC tube. The fabric is dyed in the indigo vat, several bath separated by oxygenation and rinsing are necessary to achieve the desired tint.

After the 3 days long process of rinsing and scouring, the fabric is put to dry. The word Ararshi means lightning, but to me the pattern evokes water, with an infinity of ideas for it’s future use around the house and body..