Shibori Spirals

March 3, 2009

Since I have been working with the spiral motif for countless years, thought I would resurrect some vintage fabric. This is a bit of reclaimed fabric (purchased at a second hand store) that I have discharged dyed using an ancient Japanese technique called Shibori. The fabric is wrapped round a 15 inch PVC pipe with cotton binding and then scrunched together; the discharged is applied to the exposed crunched portion. There are numerous patterns achieved by the way the fabric is laid on the pipe and of course the diameter of the pipe. I have seen 55 gallon drums used for this procedure or pipes as tiny as 1 inch. I prefer size as it is easily manageable for this method and it lends a sweeping diagonal motion to the otherwise static design. Again the sheen to the fabric is impossible to capture effectively even with hand-made light filters.


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