Yeh Shibori, Shibori kya hai?

Prints are slowly fading into abstracts and solids. Many designers and fashion houses are taking the simpler route. Words like organic, tye n dye, shibori and ethnic are taking the rounds.

Magar yeh shibori hai kya?

Here’s a bit of an art history lesson, that will help you understand what all these shmancy words mean and ultimately up your coolness factor, but more importantly appreciate craft and abstract art more.


Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of hand dyeing fabrics through numerous processes.

  • Twisting
  • Tying
  • Knotting
  • Stitching

and then dyeing them a solid colour, these really awesome abstract patterns are revealed.


A popular colour is blue because something about the indigo dye being oxidised and a chemical reaction occurring when it is aired, the colour changes to blue. Hence the popular choice of blue for most shibori or shibori inspired fabrics.

Acha so google aunty section over.

Shibori inspired collections have been done by many designers and artists the world over but I put my eyes on 3 really amazing ways this was done, just now in Pakistan.

From high end to high street many brands have tried this and i am sure many of us will be wearing some of these pieces for Eid.

Sonya Battla – Her Weave collection is a hand woven, hand dyed collection in shades of blue. Organic cotton thread was used to manually weave fabric; some in an ikat weave and some were experimental pieces using the shibori technique. This collection was purely an ode to the shibori craft and textile and used a minimalist approach to styling the fabric to keep its hand woven beauty intact.



Zara ShahjahanShibori Inspired Collection in summer lawn fabric. Her prints are inspired by some of the textures and patterns that result through the shibori process. Others are ethnic inspired motifs where the colour indigo, blue and white were the connecting factor with a fun and laid back variety of styles.



Generation – Just recently updated their Flo section with shibori inspired tops. These printed pieces in funky styles ranging from asymmetrical to peplums are bang on trend and have kept it relatively truer to the raw patterns of the Shibori process. These are quirky, statement pieces that bring this artsy ancient craft to a platform where it can be appreciated by the mass market.

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From Sonya Battla’s woven collection; shibori in its truer more high end form to Zara Shahjahan and Generation’s inspired yet affordable forms. All 3 collections have their own unique appeal and are a must see.