The Four Seasons is a new sashiko panel series from Indigo Niche. It will feature four individual designs—Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Visitors to the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair will get a sneak preview of Autumn and Winter. Watch this space!
Sit and Stitch at our Workshop – 2017 – – Bring your Sashiko Stitching for some tips on the day and a very relaxing morning of like minded stitchers – All skill levels are very welcome – 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. on days as noted on the Calendar –
Our 2016 Calendar is now available for your perusal – Please click here for dates and times of our Sit and Stitch Classes –
Also available are our Craft Shows and Workshops for the 2017 Calendar Year –
Our exhibit of her work takes in a stunning range of sashiko and boro work that includes traditional coats, vests, and jackets, as well as tapestry, bags and boro pieces. This is a rare opportunity for you to see some work from a true master of the craft.
Scroll on to view some of the items that we’ll be exhibiting.
A very small number of items will be on sale—enquire at A11 for further information.
Nowhere else in Japan is there such a central focus on the art and techniques of shibori than in this gorgeous little hamlet, nor such a dedicated passion; they even hold an annual Shibori Festival.
We were quite affected by their passion for this art, and the Shibori Festival is definitely up there on the so-called “bucket list.” (We also love their rough-around-the-edges website, too–very quaint!)
A popular misconception is that shibori is merely a Japanese version of tie-dyeing. This is inaccurate, as there are many techniques that are associated with shibori. Let’s take a look.
‘Wring, Squeeze, Press’.
Shibori is the Japanese word–meaning to wring, squeeze, press–for a number of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing.
The key to getting wonderful results from shibori dyeing is to work with the limitations, and to allow them full expression. The special characteristic of shibori resist is a soft or a blurry-edged pattern. The effect is markedly different from the sharp-edged resist obtained with stencil, paste, or wax.
So if you ever try your hand as shibori, be aware that an element of the unexpected is always present. Think of it like a potter firing a wood-burning kiln. All the technical conditions have been met, but what happens in the kiln may be a miracle or a disaster.
All the variables attendant on shaping the cloth and all the influences that control the events in the dye vat conspire to remove some–but not all, thankfully!–of the shibori process from human control.
In fact we’ll even venture to say that it’s the element of chance that gives life to the shibori process. This is its special magic.
1. Shibori in Practice
It was a treat to not only witness first-hand some genuinely local shibori being produced, but also to see how these designs could be used to make stunning silk kaftans and cotton throw cushion covers.
Jane Postle has been studying shibori techniques for well over ten years, becoming a true artist in her own right.
2. Some Finished Shibori Products
Hand-made shibori silk kaftans are available from Indigo Niche for $450 each. Each kaftan’s shibori design is completely unique, as perhaps despite an author’s best intentions, no two pieces of shibori are ever alike. Please email [email protected] for more information. Stock islimited.