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Arashi Shibori Scarves

Arashi Shibori is the Japanese art of pleating and resist dyeing fabric on a pole.

Silk is first dyed in a ground colour to give a base tone to the scarf. Ironed dry, the fabric is carefully folded before being bound around a pole or tube. The bound silk is then tightly scrunched up the pole to create semi-permanent pleats and over-dying is applied in contrasting tones. Finally, still on the pole, the silk is steamed to set the dyes and pleats. Each scarf can take up to a week to dry before its unique colouration is revealed. This multi-stage method of dyeing creates rich and complex colours which glow as the contours of the pleats catch the light.