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Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing [Paperback]

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Potential for creating designs in textiles can be seen even in the physical properties of cloth. The simple fact that cloth tightly compressed into wrinkles or folds resists the penetration of dye is an opportunity-an opportunity to let the pliancy of textiles speak in making designs and patterns.
People around the world have recognized this opportunity, producing resist designs in textiles by shaping and then securing cloth in various ways before dyeing. Yet in no other country has the creative potential of this basic principle been understood and applied as it has in Japan. Here, in fact, it has been expanded into a whole family of traditional resist techniques, involving first shaping the cloth by plucking, pinching, twisting, stitching, folding, pleating, and wrapping it, and then securing the shapes thus made by binding, looping, knotting, clamping, and the like. This entire family of techniques is called shibori.
Designs created with shibori processes all share a softness of outline and spontaneity of effect. Spontaneity is shibori's special magic, made possible by exploiting the beauty of the fortuitous things that happen when dye enters shaped cloth.
Usually it is in response to the fact that a craft is being lost that the need for preserving and documenting it arises. The motivation behind this book is no exception, but the authors have gone far beyond simple documentation. Extensive research and experimentation have led to the revival here of shibori techniques that were once well known but have now been largely forgotten in Japan. In addition to more conventional techniques, the work of contemporary fiber artists in Japan and abroad in shibori textile art and wearable art is presented, to suggest the extent of the creative innovation possible.
The 104 color and 298 black-and-white plates include a photographic Gallery of Shibori Examples, based on Japan's largest collection of traditional shibori fabrics. Included also are a detailed guide to basic natural dyes used in Japan, the making and care of an indigo vat, and a list of suppliers in North America, as well as a glossary and bibliography. Now available in paperback, this full documentation of one of the world's most inventive and exciting dyeing techniques continues as a classic in the textile field.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.6" Width: 8.3" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   2.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770023995  
ISBN13  9784770023995  

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More About Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! For nearly thirty years, surface-design artist, curator, and textile researcher YOSHIKO IWAMOTO WADA has been teaching shibori, first in Berkeley, California and then around the world. Many who took her classes went on to become artists and teachers themselves, and thanks to Wada's efforts the field
has expanded geometrically over the course of a single generation. In 1983 she also coauthored, with Mary Kellogg Rice and Jane Barton, the definitive book in English, Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped-Resist Dyeing. As Jack Lenor Larsen puts it in his foreword to Memory on Cloth,
"Through her first book, Shibori, and through her exhibits, lectures, and personal persuasion in every communication medium, Wada has single-handedly changed our field and its language." Because of her commitment to keeping shibori traditions alive, the word "shibori" has now become universally
accepted as the term for shaped-resist processes. Wada continues to travel the world searching for shibori innovations and outstanding artists.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada was born in 1936.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Design > Textile & Costume
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Dye
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Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing  Jun 9, 2008
Fantastic. A though history of the art as well as detailed photos and explanations of techniques making it easy for you to review a technique and apply it to fabric.
Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing  Jun 4, 2008
Excellent book!! If you study textile arts or just like tie-dyeing--I strongly recommend getting this book!
Very informative  Feb 11, 2008
Many detailed instructions on methods, very nice photos of works by some very talented artists both past and present. If you want to do shibori I would say this is a must have. If you are interested in the history of dyeing techniques this is a great text. I love it.
The Ultimate in shibori instruction and history  May 14, 2007
I knew this was "THE" book to have for shibori technique instructions. However, the very pleasant surprise was all the history of shibori! It would be fascinating even if I wasn't intending to learn the technique. The instructions are very clearly presented. I have already tried a couple of the techniques with very good results and I'm only a beginner!
A must have  May 12, 2007
This is an essential tool and starting point for any shibori artist. Exhaustive history and diagrams and examples. I used this book in my fiberarts classes and recently purchased it for home studio use.

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