Design Trends: Indigo Shibori

image via kinfolk

image via kinfolk

Indigo has found it’s way into the design world in several ways. In fact, Jessica featured a blog on indigo batiks a while back. Today I’m going to talk about my recent favorite: indigo shibori.

Shibori is the oldest known form of fabric dyeing in Japan. Similar to the trend of “tie-dyeing,” shibori is achieved through unique patterns of folding and bunching the fabric in sections before it is dipped in the dye. It’s very artistic and very beautiful! It’s not necessarily always in indigo (I’ve also seen corals, pinks, and grays), but indigo is definitely the most popular, and my personal favorite.

You’re likely to find it just about anywhere in the fashion and design world—even in baby world, where I’m currently lusting after this ring sling from Sakura Bloom to carry new baby in:

image via sakura bloom

image via sakura bloom

And here’s a nursery that uses shibori and indigo scattered about the room:

image via oh lovely day blog

And a few more rooms with shibori accents:

image via pinterest (original source unfound)

image via pinterest (original source unfound)

image via houzz

image via houzz

image via houzz

image via houzz

You can use it as much or as little as you wish! Although I would say that with as bold of a pattern as it usually is, you’re probably safer with the “less is more” approach.

Because each piece is hand-dyed, it gives people that unique, hand-made quality that’s hard to find in the world of mass-produced things. It also usually comes with a higher price tag (which is why I won’t be owning that shibori ring sling above anytime soon). But if you can work it in in small doses, I’d say it’s worth it! 

Here’s a few options I put together if you’re wanting a little shibori in your life:

1. headboard // 2. dinner napkins // 3. lumbar pillow // 4. tote bag // 5. rug // 6. tea towels // 7. pillow // 8. bath hand towel // 9. sofa

1. headboard // 2. dinner napkins // 3. lumbar pillow // 4. tote bag // 5. rug // 6. tea towels // 7. pillow // 8. bath hand towel // 9. sofa

There are even shibori tutorials all over the internet for you crafty people out there. The link below the very top photo takes you to one from Kinfolk, and there's a good one here from HonestlyWTF.  It looks a little labor intensive, but I'm sure the process would be fun and the result very rewarding! 

Do you have any shibori treasures in your home? Have you ever hand-dyed anything? Perhaps this will inspire you!

Until next time!