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Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing Paperback – December 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770023995
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770023995
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent book on all aspects of Japanese tie-dye has been so influential worldwide that 'shibori' has actually become the term for this field."-Jack Lenor Larsen


"This beautiful book is a classic within the field of textile literature. The information it contains-with clearly written text and wonderful illustrations-has been so useful to artists, students and scholars since it was first published in 1983. It is wonderful that it will now be available as a paperback."-Gillian Moss, Curatorial Chair, Curator of Textiles Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


This is the invaluable book that has launched a thousand contemporary shibori artists. Among all the texts in the field of surface design, this is the priceless jewel in the lotus!"-Jason Pollen, President, Surface Design Association, Chair, Fiber Department, Kansas City Art Institute


..".Masterfully organized and rich in detail, Shibori is of great benefit to the student, fiber artist and researcher alike

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Rice Wada is a Kodansha International author.

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The instructions are very clearly presented.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to go beyond dabbling in Shibori to a broader understanding of this art form.
ssquilter
Yoshiko Wada covers the scope of Shibori, its history, artists and techniques with expertise and beautiful photos.
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118 of 118 people found the following review helpful By cgshibori@aol.com on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have one book on Shibori, this should be the one (reviewers opinion)! Yoshiko Wada covers the scope of Shibori, its history, artists and techniques with expertise and beautiful photos. There are only a handful of books on traditional shibori in English. Here you will find an easy to read, well laid out format. Techniques are covered with clear, detailed instructions and diagrams. This is most helpful for beginners yet allows the advanced to become more proficient and precise. Complimenting the above are excellent color photos; close-ups of patterns (a vast selection), garments, ancient, traditional and contemporary artists and their works. Yoshiko's book takes the reader from the historical through creating a completed piece of art. Fact: This reviewer was introduced to this book in an art class. Five years later, now a shibori artist, I still use Yoshiko's book on an almost daily basis. The wealth of information she provides is invaluable as both guide and reference. Thank you Yoshiko and Amazon for offering this book.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Entrepreneur on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book must be The Definitive volume on Shibori. It contains a wealth of information on the creation and development of the art, background information on the culture which nourished it, and biographical information on some of the principle artists responsible for its evolution. The illustrations are at least as impressive as the text. The book contains hundreds of photographs, both of completed garments and of swatches created through the use of the various techniques detailed in the book. The instructions for re-creating those patterns are clearly explained and easy to follow. Most remarkably, this book would serve equally well as a reference work or even a "coffee-table" book for those with an interest in textile art or art history, or as a manual for the textile artist. Although it is costly, the book represents an excellent value since it would take a lifetime (literally) to begin to exhaust the creative possiblities presented in it. It is a most worthwhile investment.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By cj on February 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a thorough and exhaustive study of the art and techniques of shibori, the Japanese style of what is popularly known as tie dye. What this book will show you, however, goes far beyond the simple craft we associate with T shirts. In Japan techniques of stitching, tying, or clamping fabric produce designs of enormous complexity and beauty. The descriptions are detailed and accompanied by photographs and drawings that clearly show both the pattern and the technique used to achieve it. In addition color illustrations show completed pieces, both traditional and modern. Whether you want to try this craft or simply enjoy the art of beautiful textiles, this book is the one to get. It is unfortunate that it has never been published in a less expensive edition, but there is no other book on shibori that is even faintly equivalent.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BJ Reed on September 9, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book, it is a great inspiration! Each time I pick it up, I see something new and artistic in the techniques. The illustrations, photos, examples, and steps are wonderfully laid out. It is well worth the cost, as one can tell there was much passion put into completing the book. It is a favorite!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Williams on December 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
In the spring or early summer of 2003 the Surface Design Conference was held in Kansas City sponsored by the KC Art Institute. This conference is an association of mostly fiber or fabric artists that is held periodically for the membership. It was attended by artists from throughout the US and several overseas countries.
Yoshiko Wada attended and spoke to the conferees. Special sessions were set aside for her to autograph the book, "Shibori." The reception given by the artists attending is recommendation enough.
I second the comments of the other reviewers about the quality of the writing and illustrations. Yoshiko Wada is a vibrant and astute advocate for fabric arts and shibori techniques. The text serves as a wookbook for designers, artists, teachers and collector/buyers.
Among the dozens of exhibitions of fabric art throughout the city was one by Cara Boelts, a 2003 graduate of the KC Art Institute and chosen by the faculty as one of the students worthy to be featured during the Conference. She has developed an innovation in shibori dying that includes not only patina but burn out. Her exhibition of approximately a dozen wall hangings was visited by 100s of conferees and drew praise almost universally. The ultimate compliment, major Kansas City artists and many conferees bought half or more of the pieces exhibited.
Yoshiko Wada found it to be a new technique in shibori and said she would include a description of it in any future editions of 'Shibori.'
During the conference the book was sold at the KC Art Institute, but also at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, whic has one of the world class collections of oriental art. 'Shibori' is still available in its bookstore/gift shop.
An excellent book.
Paul Williams, North Kansas City MO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an invaluable resource for any textile arts student. Or any shibori enthusiast. Detailed illustrations and exceptional photos help define and identify ancient techniques and MAY encourage elbow-deep participation among the adventurous. Gambatte!
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