Shibori: Dye-finitely Trending

Seen on the runways of Ellie Saab, Christian Dior, and Chanel; handcrafted textiles such as ombre, patchwork, and tie dye are all the rage right now.  When it comes to patterns, people are leaning towards those with a handcrafted touch; and one of those great hand crafted patterns, is Shibori.

What is Shibori?

Shibori is one of the oldest and most popular dying techniques from Edo period Japan, dating back to the 8th century. Shibori is an ancient technique in which fabric is folded, twisted, and bound prior to dying it.  The fabric may be stitched, pleated, or even sandwiched between pieces of wood; all of which result in different variations of the pattern.

While Shibori patterns are now offered in a wide range of colors; the technique is traditionally and most often seen in an indigo tone due to the deep pigmentation of the color.

What Makes Shibori So Trendy?

Shibori has now been modernized and is being spotted everywhere from runways at fashion week, to pillows, to shower curtains; so what makes it so popular?

With the rise of handcrafted patterns, Shibori is the perfect way to incorporate this trend into your home. Shibori is seen in small scales on pillows, scarfs, or dish towels; or in a large scale on bedding, drapery, or furniture.

How Can I Incorporate Shibori into my Project?

Wayfair has described Shibori as “tie dye’s chicer cousin”.  Shibori used on large pieces such as furniture, wall hangings, or pillows is a great fit in a room with a bohemian or eclectic vibe.  Smaller scale pieces such as some well-placed throw pillows allow you to incorporate Shibori into any look without completely committing to the trend. The unique handmade look to the pattern allows you to inject an easy-going relaxed vibe in your home.

With the Wall Street Journal calling shibori ‘the new Ikat”, this is definitely a trend you will want to jump on.  It is a great way to incorporate a global pattern into any room; whether it is done in a bright rich indigo, or a more toned down neutral.  Shop Ennis Fabrics’ Midori Collection from Sunbrella, to get your Shibori fix.

Shibori Couture
Giles Deacon in Vogue Fall 2016 Couture
Sunbrella Midori Indigo
Rebecca Atwood’s handmade pillows
Vera Wang’s Shibori bedding

Already have a Shibori pattern from our Midori Collection by Sunbrella?
Then post a picture to social media tagging Ennis Fabrics, let’s share the Shibori love!

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