My indigo dyeing teacher, Darius Homay, taught a weekend workshop at the Donkey Mill Arts Center in Holualoa on the Big Island last weekend. I am so impressed with the work his students produced! They are obviously accomplished shibori dyers.
Shibori is a flexible art form. Some methods require tremendous patience, skill and hand sewing; other methods are quite organic and whimsical.
Clamp dyeing (itajime), creates the clearly delineated shapes such as those second and third form the left. Twisting and tying around a PVC pole creates the wavy patterns on the far left. Then. of course, there’s the familiar tie dye, like the piece hanging second from the right. I don’t know how the piece on the far right was created. Can someone enlighten me?
– Paula Rath