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Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing Paperback – December 1, 1999
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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." —Glen Kaufman, Fiber artist, Professor, University of Georgia
"Marvelous… This is the kind of book that every fibre artist would love to have on his library shelves… To my knowledge there is no other treatise in English which explicates this area of textile art. Shibori fills a gap in the literature of textiles."—Tec Hallman, Professor of Textiles, Ontario College of Art and Design
About the Author
An artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada has long been a proponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops. Wada is the President of the World Shibori Network and founder of the Slow Fiber Studio in California. Mary Kellogg was a leading figure in the textile and crafts community. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 100. Artist Jane Barton studied textile art with Yoshiko Wada.
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As a beginner, when I first bought this book I found it overwhelming. I turned to an other shibori book I bought here on Amazon called "Shibori a Beginner's Guide to Creating Color & Texture on Fabric." Then once I learned the basic's and reread this book, I found what an awesome encyclopedia of making and learning shibori, I had in my hands! The instructions are simple enough once you learn the basics, and this book is loaded with many, many, many pictures, examples, and instructions, that will keep you busy experimenting and creating shibori dyed cloth!
Out of the three shibori fabric dying books I bought, this is far exceeds the other's in information and pictures in it's 303 pages. In saying that, I would first suggest you learn the basic's of shibori before buying and using this book. Then when you read this book, you will be amazed of all the ways to create shibori dyed cloth, and how simple many of them are ;-)
However, when I finally saw this book in real life, I knew I had to have it, and even the full retail price seemed like a bargain. It is rare to find a book that thoroughly covers equipment and techniques (there's even instructions for an indigo vat in the appendix), and also is unabashed eye candy. The authors/publishers managed costs intelligently; there are plenty of color photos, but no gratuitous or distracting color. Many patterns in the gallery are shown in black-and-white, which helps the reader focus on the important aspects of design in addition to keeping the price of the book reasonable. There is a short section on history; large sections on each of the basic techniques; a gallery section showing even more examples (even though the discussions of the individual techniques are amply illustrated); and a discussion, mostly in photos, of modern textile-art pieces along with artists' statements. There's even a handy glossary.
A must-have for fiber artists!