June 21, 2013

the photo in the beginning appears to be a form of woven Shibori. here it is again-

I thought the weavers in the crowd would enjoy puzzling it out. Janice- I want to send you a swatch as a study piece.

9 thoughts on “June 21, 2013

  1. ant here, weaver for 30 yrs+, this looks like a piece of plain weave shibori, warp yarns being tied at 1 0r 1.5 inch intervals, dyed in indigo and then warped on loom and woven…it also looks like the areas of undyed warp yarns are left without a weft pass. giving an open look to the cloth, just my humble opinion, and the cloth is beautiful for sure…
    ant[anna in tampa]

    • no…but getting warm. Janice? i’m pretty sure we are talking woven shibori. what you are describing would be more of a kasuri process i think. clue: the pattern here runs warp-wise…(as in the stipes line up with the warp, not the weft. which is what makes it intriguing.)

  2. ant again – that silk reeler is just so beautiful – the Japanese certainly have hand-craftsmanship down to a fine art…I know the new reeler will be a dream to work with, “use it in good health” – [old Jewish saying]
    ant[anna in tampa

  3. The silk reeler is amazing and beautiful! Glennis, you are making we want to take up silkworm raising, but where I live, nothing to eat so that will not work. Wonderful piece of equipment for you!

    Yes, it certainly looks like woven shibori. Hard for my eyes to count from a photo, but I’ll be able to from a sample. Plain weave, as woven shibori is, but cannot tell from the photo what the weave structure is but hope to puzzle that out. Thread is woven into the pattern rows, plain weave in-between, and after removing from the loom, the pattern thread rows are gathered very tightly and tied tightly. Pre-soaked before dyeing which also prevents the indigo from penetrating into the gathers. From my bit of experience, the more rows of plain weave, between pattern rows, the more dye and darker it is, between those pattern rows. Knowing that, you can control, a bit, how light or dark the finished piece might be. Sampling is wonderful. Woven shibori is a more time-consuming process that straight weaving, but the results are very much worth it.
    Oh, Glennis, a swatch to study would be wonderful, thank you!

  4. good idea. i think i know from looking at it but i haven’t seen that much woven shibori in person. and never seen it in old Japanese fabrics. all the online stuff about it says that Catherine Ellis developed the technique but if this is what i think it is, well…apparently it had been done before (what hasn’t?). Although this cloth approaches it a little bit differently. When I saw it something just said buy it. There was something about it-even beyond it’s indigo-ness and loveliness. The intrigue!

  5. Glennis, you are just bound and determined to have me do woven shibori with supplemental warp threads, aren’t you?!!! My order and the sample of this fabric arrived today, it is beautiful, and very fine. Tomorrow I’ll get out my little lens for examining textiles so I can count epi and ppi, then see if I have anything this fine on my shelves to get an idea of thread size. It is amazing, thank you for sending it so I can examine it closely. The piece is inspiring, as are you!

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