What is Shibori?


Shibori is a dyeing technique used all over the world for a long time. Each region has made individual progress through the spread of the culture as well as spontaneous generation.

Japanese shibori has been practiced for more than one thousand and three hundred years in Japan. Shibori dyeing on silk fabric in Kyoto, known as Kyo-Kanoko-Shibori, is unequaled anywhere in the world.


The Kyo-Kanoko-Shibori tradition has created gorgeous clothes and decorated Japanese life for centuries. It requires high skill, which is becoming increasingly hard to find among today's younger generation. The present situation is that this traditional dyeing culture is facing a serious aging problem and a decrease in the number of craftsmen in whom Japan should take pride.


Many sophisticated shibori techniues have been created and passed down from generation to generation. 


Normally, the texture of shibori would have been ironed until it was flat; this changed when kanoko-shibori was imitated using drawn figures. Leaving the symbolic texture on the fabric and giving added value as a handicraft emphasized the expensiveness of Kanoko-shibori.


Kyo-Kanoko-Shibori is a generic term for shibori techniques applied to silk fabric. In Kyoto, there is Hitta-shibori, Hitome-shibori, Nuishime-shibori, and so forth. More than fifty different shibori techniques existed in 1981.

​There are more than fifty different shibori techniques.

Hon hitta shibori
Kyo hitome shibori
Hari hitta shibori
Hari hitome shibori
Kasamaki shibori
Tegumo shibori
Bai shibori
Ko boushi shibori
Chu boushi shibori
Oke shibori
Hinode shibori
Yoroi shibori
Tatsumaki shibori
Hira nuishime shibori
Ori nuishime shibori
Maki nuishime shibori
Karamatu shibori
Tsujiga hana
Kodai ishigake shibori
Itajime shibori
Kikka shibori
Hotaru shibori

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