An Introduction to Shibori Techniques

We are thrilled to introduce our new Shibori cushions!  Made using traditional Japanese Shibori techniques, these unique cushions made from hand spun Eri silk have been hand dyed in India and are backed with sumptuous velvet. 
Shibori, meaning ‘to wring, squeeze or press’ is one of the oldest dyeing techniques of Japan dating back to the 8th Century. Shibori artisans use thread, bands and clamps to isolate small repeated points on the fabric from the dye to create captivating designs.

An example of a Nui stitch resist & Itajime shibori dyeing process
There are a variety of different techniques which create distinctive pattern styles. Our new cushions have been created using Arashi & Itajime Shibori techniques. 

Merlot Shibori Cushions | £75.00 - £85.00

Arashi, meaning storm in Japanese, is created on the diagonal emulating a relentless deluge of rain. It is made by wrapping the cloth around a pole and binding it tightly in place with thread before scrunching it to produce a linear, pleated design.  


An example of an Arashi Shibori fabric before being cut

 Itajime is a shaped-resist technique where the cloth is folded and then sandwiched between two shaped pieces of wood which are held in place with strong clamps. The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric, creating robust geometric patterns.

 Midnight Shibori Cushions | £75.00 - £85.00


 The use of traditional dyes and the artisanal handcrafted quality of the process mean each piece is unique. Available in midnight or merlot our Shibori cushions are a modern rendering of this ancient Japanese technique and look stunning either grouped together or matched with our Siriki velvet collection.