September 28th, 2012 / posted by paularath

These gorgeous photos were taken by Setsuko Morinoue of Holualoa.

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.

Prepping the fabric for the dye bath.

Shibori is a flexible art form. Some methods require tremendous patience, skill and hand sewing; other methods are quite organic and whimsical.

Darius Homay prepares the indigo vat for dyeing.

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

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