The candid appeal of natural patterns has been a favourite form of fabric making for many centuries, across many civilizations. Each culture has had its own tradition of tie-dye textile and the queen of this technique emerges to be – Shibori.
‘Shiboru’ derived from Japanese, which means ‘to wring’, represents the beautiful, centuries-old craft that uses a very special and unique technique of tie-dying. Originating in Japan, Shibori is said to be one of the oldest techniques of resist-dyeing, using threads to bind, tie, compress, sew, twist, clamp or knot the fabric in different ways to create sections that resist the dye to form exquisite, vibrant patterns making it a sought-after fabric throughout the world.
The fascinating technique encompasses different ways of resist-dyeing and the result is almost always different in each technique, giving the process an almost cathartic quality, focusing on only the process used by an artisan. Some widely used Shibori dyeing techniques include Kanoko Shibori, in which rubber bands of threads are used to bind fabric, or Miura Shibori where the thread is looped and bind using a hooked needle, plucking sections of the fabric.
The evolution and existence of different techniques used in Shibori dyeing can be attributed to the widespread fame and patronage of the craft, variations of which are found all over the world and India has manifested this art form in a many varied beautiful way. The charm of Shibori can be found in the bountiful bandhani of the Indus Valley civilization, zha-ran inspired by the Bai ethnic group in China, leheriya from Rajasthan to tritik in Indonesia, among others.
The fabrics used all over the world differ greatly due to availability, and in India, the land flourishing with choices, a gamut of magnificent fabrics are used for the technique.
Jaypore’s splendid edit of hand-picked Shibori-dyed pieces brings forth the craft in all its glory to be worn, re-worn and savoured forever. The collection gives this brilliant craft a touch of luxe and uses sublime fabrics including Maheshwari silk, exquisite Chanderi, Kota silk and Tussar cotton to give it a lustrous sheen, to grace special occasions.