Contemporary use of Indigo and Shibori

THROUGH THE SURFACE is a project of collaboration, process and outcome, featuring 14 of the most innovative textile artists in Britain and Japan working in partnership. Their work spans fashion, art and science, and the resulting work from each partnership formed a unique and exciting exhibition. You can follow the progress of these seven unique working partnerships as they develop through their journals.

21 21 was the first major in the UK of the ground-breaking textiles created by REIKO SUDO and the NUNO company. It opened at The James Hockey Gallery Farnham on October 21st 2005.
Reiko Sudo is world-renowned as one of the leading figures in contemporary innovative textile production. Her work is represented in major international museums.Sudo’s quintessentially 21st century textiles unite traditional techniques, complex technologies and new finishing processes. She has created extraordinary visual effects that have revolutionised textiles within interiors, fashion and art. NUNO has been at the heart of the resurgence of Japanese textiles, producing fabrics of unparalleled sophistication and creativity.
Jelly Fish 1993 Reiko Sudo

Fukumoto Shihoko

"The nature of indigo synchronizes with my nature. My senses are developed through the process of indigo dyeing. Indigo allows me to interact with nature."

Shihoko's first training was in traditional Western painting but in 1979 she started to experiment with resist-dyeing and the plant-derived dye- indigo.
Different methods of shibori - tyeing, folding, pleating, and sewing, before the fabric was dipped into the vat, became her characteristic technique.
In 1983 her textile art was shown for the first time in the West, in the USA and was inspired by the metroplis, skyscrapers and flourescent lights. Her works 'The City' and 'Sky City' were made.

City-Sky II 1985

Sky-City i 1985

Fukumoto Shihoko exhibits at the Art Court Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Kyoto, Japan. The gallery represents many Japanese artists who practice traditional Japanese arts in a contemporaary manner.


Water-Scape I-III

Muira shibori
Muira shibori aka looped binding involves taking a hooked needle and plucking sections of the cloth. Then a thread is looped around each section twice. The thread is not knotted tension is used to make sure everything is held in the same place. The resulting dyed cloth is a water-like design. Because no knot is used, muirea shibori is very easy to bind and unbind. Therefore, this technique is very often used.

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Kanoko shibori
Kanoko shibori is tie-dye. It involves binding certain sections of the cloth to achieve the beautiful pattern. Traditional shibori requires the use of thread for binding, craftspeople in western civilization often use rubber bands. The pattern you get depends on how tight the cloth is bound and where the cloth is bound. If random sections of the cloth are bound, the result will be a pattern of random circles. If the cloth is first folded then bound, the resulting circles will be in a pattern depending on the fold used.
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Michelle Griffiths
Sue Hiley Harris
Hiroyuki Shindo
Yoshiko Wada
Yvonne Wakabayashi
Shibori Girl is a blog written by a textile artist who teaches and practices shibori.
Anne Selby
Tie-Dyeing Museum in Arimatsu is a museum which celebrates the 400 year history of shibori. use of Indigo and Shibori
Carter Smith
A tutorial on pole-wrapped shibori- arashi.
There is a Flickr group dedicated to shibori - All Things Shibori
A tutorial showing pole wrapped shibori on a 10 foot pole! Making Shibori Fabric