India - Shibori



















Shibori Symposium

The Second International Shibori Symposium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat was held in January 1997 bringing people from all over the world with an interest in resist dyed fabric. The National Design Institute hosted this event organizing tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, demonstrations, and artists presentations. It was also a wonderful place to start exploring the wealth of textile crafts in North Western India. The western half of Gujarat State, called the Kutch is populated by tribal people who have retained their traditional customs more than  most areas because of isolation. Part of each year the low lying area is cut off from mainland India by water.  

Bandhani is a tie-dye technique where small dots are tied with thread all over fabric to create designs and motifs. Young men sit all day tying thousands of these little spots.   After tying, the fabric is dyed. Then the ties are removed revealing fabric with designs and texture created by the ties. This labour intensive craft is practiced in both Rajastan and Gujarat with the finest work being done in Mandvi, the Kutch. 


Willow Shibori

One of the Japanese techniques used on a beautiful garment in the exhibitions of traditional skills. Other pieces came from Africa, Asia, and India.   




Laharia  Turbans are often decorated with Leharia, a technique of resist wrapping and dyeing practiced in Rajastan which creates wavy lines. These turbans are 9 metres long. This guard at the Jodpur Fort boasted that he could put on his turban in 30 seconds. 

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