An example of a Nui stitch resist & Itajime shibori dyeing process
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.
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.