絞 : Shibori

The word Shibori comes from the Japanese verb root “shiboru” meaning, “to wring, squeeze, press”.

Shibori a traditional Japanese resist-dyeing technique that has been around longer than any other fabric dyeing method. It was most popular in the early Edo period when lower class people were forbidden from wearing silk. The pattern is made by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, dyeing, and then releasing the binding pressure to reveal the pattern. Each method that is used is done with harmony with the type of cloth to create beautiful surface designs. Commonly mistaken for tie-dye in the West, the original Shibori techniques were ancestral, handed down exclusively within Japanese artisan families. There are six major known Shibori techniques: Kanoko, Miura, Kumo, Nui, Arashi and Itajime. Faburiq's accessories are made from fabrics that utilize the Kanoko and Miura techniques.

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Kanoko Shibori, the most popular variation of the Shibori technique and the closest to the Western Tie-Dye version, involves tying cloth to achieve the desired pattern. Each individual knot is hand-tied, creating small variations in the shapes, and is carefully released by the artisan one at a time. Most common are circular shapes achieved with this technique. Sometimes the circles are places in an irregular fashion to create an image, or more frequently, the fabric is folded into layers to create a repeating pattern. This is a time-consuming, painstaking process with beautiful, monochromatic results.

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Miura is a technique that involves looping and binding. A hook and needle is used to pluck sections of the cloth and a thread is looped around each section twice, the released pattern resembles water ripples. The final pattern depends on how tightly you bind the fabric and where it is bound, making each pattern unique in itself. This is the easiest of all Shibori techniques and most commonly used.

Author: Aruña Quiroga

Give Thanks, Be Thankful and Waste Nothing

Happy Thanksgiving from Faburiq!

Faburiq lives by the values of Mottainai - that the old can be made new and everything can be given life again. Faburiq's pieces are fabrics that have been saved and reused, so you can give them another history and chapter in it's life. Thank you to our customers and for giving us the opportunity to serve you.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Author: Aruña Quiroga

Faburiq is Obsessed with Fabrics!

               Everything comes back to Fabrics

               Everything comes back to Fabrics

What inspired the birth of Faburiq? It was the fabrics and the textiles that I found over time through my travels. But Japanese textiles made a lasting impression on me. The craftspeople that made these textiles have dedicated their lives to perfecting the art of textile weaving using the same looms and techniques for generations. These methods are found nowhere else in the world. But, interest, demand and appreciation for these types of fabrics are fading in Japan and within our generation.

Faburiq lives by the values of Mottainai - that the old can be made new and everything can be given life again. Mottainai is an old Buddhist word, which has ties with the Shinto idea that "objects have souls within them".  Mottainai is a tradition very much alive in the Japanese "cultural DNA" today, which has evolved into an international concept.

Fabrics aren't just the materials we use; it is what inspires us to create. Faburiq only works with select collectors of antique and vintage fabrics in Japan, who share a passion for textiles that are made with integrity and purpose. From the fabric to the ribbon that hems your precious square, to the paper that wraps your package, everything is made with the utmost care and nothing is wasted. Every bit of fabric is saved, crafted and given a chance to be part of your life.

On my next blog post, you'll learn more about the types of Japanese fabrics and the techniques involved in their making. Stay tuned!

Author: Aruña Quiroga

            Indigo Shibori at a Japanese textile workshop

         Indigo Shibori at a Japanese textile workshop

                                       Sashiko Stitching

                                    Sashiko Stitching

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