3 Basic Facts About The Shibori Printing Technique

If it wasn’t evident before, it should be evident now.

What, you may ask?

The fact that Team Savi is on a mission to capture and preserve the charm of handicrafts and tell the tale of their origins.

Hence, in this blog, we are listing 3 must-know facts about the Shibori printing technique that will help you appreciate it more.

Let’s learn and keep alive the heritage of indigenous textiles together.

1. It originated in Japan

This printing technique dates back to the 7th century and the Japanese verb ‘shiboru’ means “to wring, squeeze and press.” Most of the Shibori fabrics were made using cotton cloths and elevated by a beautiful blue-indigo color.

However, as time has passed and globalization has spread, this technique has gained a worldwide footprint by mingling its roots with the cultural specialties of the region it finds itself in.

2. The number of design combinations is limitless with this technique

Allow us to elaborate. Unique patterns emerge on the fabric by twisting, folding, stitching, and binding it. This is done with the help of a wide variety of contraptions such as strings, rubber bands, clamps, wooden blocks, etc. As a result of this practice, some areas of the fabric are prevented from being saturated in the dye it is dipped in whereas, the untied areas adopt the color of the dye.

This is why the possibilities are endless while using the Shibori printing technique…because the responsibility (and not to mention, imagination) lies with the artisan and their discretion about which areas they want to color and which ones they don’t.

3. There are many TYPES of Shibori printing techniques!

From the prevalent Kanoko Shibori technique to the Kumo Shibori technique, there are more than five variations of this timeless textile technique that we know of.

If Itajime Shibori involves sandwiching a piece of cloth between two blocks of wood, then Arashi Shibori is implemented when the cloth is wrapped on a diagonal around a pole and further processes lead to a pleated cloth with a design on a diagonal.

This may sound contrasting but the final premise of Shibori relies on the process of wringing, squeezing, and pressing, as mentioned before.

Now that you know the basics of Shibori, may we introduce you to a new Shibori suit set by Savi India?

Here you go:

You can shop our women’s ethnic wear and feel beautiful as you are because you know the story of their print better than anyone.