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The Shibori Museum was another stop to see some of the tools, techniques and their gallery of art. Tying or binding fabric with various materials to create resist areas when the fabric is dyed is called Shibori. This display shows many of the objects used to help create those areas. In Kyoto the favorite method is called Kanoko Shibori, created by tying small circles with fine thread to create patterns and shapes. A wooden stand, with metal wire guide, is used to help the artisans create tension when tying off the individual circles.
After the fabric has been dyed, the tied threads are removed, revealing the design of thousands of small circles. This fabric has been prepared to be made into a kimono. All kimonos are made from narrow fabric pieces generally 14 inches wide, sewn together with hand stitching.

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