As a designer and trend watcher, I always find is slightly amusing when something that was once considered a bit dorky or not very trendy gets a new name, is done well by some clever creatives and suddenly has been re-invented and become cool again. An example of this is ‘Ombré‘, the gradual blending of one colour to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. Doesn’t that remind you of ‘gradients’ once a dorky and ‘please don’t use‘ in the design world, suddenly re-invented, renamed and cool and trendy again.
And now Shibori, which essentially is just tie-dye using indigo dye. Tie dye tended to be a fun craft, or an overly colorful hippy style textile.
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth that take the distinctive blue dye in patterns created by the resistance, and other areas of the cloth that remain white. So basically tie dye using indigo dye. And somehow this use of just a simple indigo dye, seems to create a much more beautiful, delicate design, as seen in these beautifully designed examples found on etsy.