Shibori Rabbit experiment

Shibori dyed with indigo on linen. Done as a sample for the classes I taught at Egils in May 2016. This is also a sample for me as I work out how to create textiles in the Tsujigahana style of Momoyama era Japan. 

Shibori dates at least to the Heian era in Japan, and in the Momoyama era developed in to Tsujigahana, which encompassed several types of Shibori used sequentially to create a vey detailed pattern, sometimes elaborated further by gold leaf and or ink painting. 
Two ways to resist a rabbit

On the left the outline stitches are gathered and the center spiral wrapped with the same thread. 

On the right (capped shibori) the outline stitches are gathered and the interior wrapped in plastic wrap, substituting for the bamboo shoot used in period. I suspect heavier plastic would be a better resist, also this piece was inadvertently rinsed before drying, which can cause dye  wicking. 

Two examples of Momoyama era Shibori/Tsujigahana rabbits. 

I found gathering this shape difficult, and realized after the fact that the period pieces have detached ears and legs. This would make the gathering eaiser, and is something I will do next time. 


Itō, Toshiko. Tsujigahana: The Flower of Japanese Textile Art. London: Serindia Publications, 1981. Print. 

Wada, Yoshiko Iwamoto., Mary Kellogg. Rice, and Jane Barton. Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing: Tradition, Techniques, Innovation. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1983. 


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