I’ve just listed some exciting new Shibori cotton napkins in the shop.
Most of them are sold individually as well as in the mixed set. I’m especially happy with how the double dyed set came out! This is the first time I have done this technique and I really like the muted pale blue result (3rd image down).
ALL IMAGES © H & FIELD, 2015
I highly recommend checking out the Madesmith Blog today, which features an article, “Shibori: A Brief History.” It describes various Shibori techniques, as well as its origins and history. My favorite quote from this post follows, “Indeed, it is a traditional form of art, a cultural heritage of the world, but many fear that these western adaptations will change the meaning of the art. However, it is these adaptations to contemporary methods that will keep the art and culture of Shibori alive, and keep the traditions ongoing, whether they are experimented by big designers, young artists, or curious people who are just willing to learn.” This is EXACTLY how I feel about this art form and I am so glad they expressed this sentiment in today’s post.
Read the post here
Madesmith Academy also offers 2 courses on Shibori, “Shibori: 5 Tying Techniques” and “Shibori: 4 Folding and Clamping Techniques.”
My friend and fellow Indigo enthusiast, Michelle just sent me this link to a feature on BUAISOU via the Urban Outfitters blog. They are two young Japanese indigo farmers + dyers, Kenta Watanabe and Kakuo Kaji and they have a Indigo dye house in Brooklyn. For around $50 you can attend one of their Bushwick workshops (DYE YOUR OWN GARMENTS, KATAZOME: RICE RESIST DYEING, or ROKETSUZOME: JAPANESE BATIK) . Their site notes, “All workshops are for beginners and using a 100% organic indigo vat with SUKUMO, dye made of composted indigo leaves harvested in our farm in Tokushima, Japan.” How cool is that?
Their farming process photos are fantastic…see them here.
Read the feature and check out their instagram.
Images are from http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com
Today’s inspiration comes from these West African vintage textiles from Woman Shops World. Some of the above items have recently sold, but I highly recommend checking out her shop to see what’s new (there is SO much more to discover). The story behind Woman Shops World is so inspiring. She gets to travel the world, support international artisans, and sell their goods online to people who don’t have the means to travel to faraway lands. On her “about” page, she writes, “As humans, we create borders and name countries, but I believe we are all one and the same. WomanShopsWorld is an extension of my love of and fascination with humankind, travel, color, and love of the world.”
Read her Etsy feature here.
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I just came across this image from amelie mancini’s instagram. The idea of using Shibori as upholstery is genius… I know I posted this sofa a few months ago, but this one is even more amazing (in my opinion).