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I have been making wearable fiber art for over 25 years. The technique I use is a non-traditional Shibori.
My silk shibori clothing is totally machine washable and is ready to go anywhere. It is perfect for travel and cruise. It is lightweight and packs well, taking very little room. It can be hand or machine washed and air (or machine) dried with no ironing.
Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, "to wring, squeeze, press." Although shibori is used to designate a particular group of resist-dyed textiles, the verb root of the word emphasizes the action performed on cloth, the process of manipulating fabric. Rather than treating cloth as a two dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Cloth shaped by these methods is secured in a number of ways, such as binding and knotting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori recognizes and explores. The shibori family of techniques includes numerous resist processes practiced throughout the world. In america it has been popularized in various forms and called Tie-Dye.
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