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Arimatsu Shibori, from tradition to innovation

Was very lucky to attend a workshop with Kuno Hiroaki organised by Couleur Garance. His enthusiasm about traditional indigo shibori and the way he envisions it’s transposition into a XXIe century sustainable and modern production is very inspiring. We trained in Te-Kumo shibori, and realised the unbelievable amount of work needed to create the patterns by this tying method onto a large (or long) piece of fabric… Kuno brought with him some very ancient textiles, some of them created with forgotten shibori techniques that made then real treasures! Endless inspiration…

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Block printing

Block printing is a technique to create patterns by stamping shapes cut out of wooden blocks. The blocks are previously imprégnation either with concentrated mordant, or with mild acid that erases the mordant pre-existing on the fabric. This creates either a positive or negative contrast once exposed to the pigment. It is a bit tricky because the print only reveals itself much later in the process, after the dye has been applied. Block printing: The mordant is dried prints before dying Negative block print: the pattern appears lighter than the mordant After the pre-dye Finished fabric: for the printed bathrobes, every piece of the garment is printed to fit the final product, and every pattern is applied one by one…. Once assembled: Some block printed creations

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Indigo Shibori

Shibori is a method of negative contrats perfected over the centuries by Japanese tradition. There are many methods to keep particular areas of the fabric away from the dye in order for it to retain it’s original colour (here white). For Itajime shibori, the fabric is folded between wood blocks that are clamped together, the pressure impedes the fabric’s contact with pigment. After the desired colour is obtained, the fabric is unclamped and the pattern appears like magic! After Paul Jackson class, I was inspired to try some new shiborigami techiques… Arashi shibori is another reserve technique in which the lines are creating by only exposing part of the fabric that is tightly wrapped around a pole. Traditionaly in Japan, it was around a beautiful bamboo pole. Nowadays,…

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