shibori and nunofelting

While studying couture techniques at the Paris American Academy in July 2015, I was also fortunate enough to learn some textile techniques as well. Two more crafts I learned were shibori dyeing and nunofelting. 

shibori technique

Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique and tradition. This technique relies on manipulations of the fabric with found objects and turns of the fabric itself in order to create depths and patterns of color. During my shibori workshop in Paris, I created two scarves, testing out two different manipulations: one with folding the scarf and one with winding the scarf around a bottle with thread. Please find pictures above and below of the processes used to achieve the desired patterns.

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nunofelting technique


Nunofelting bonds a loose fiber, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as a silk gauze or chiffon, creating a lightweight felt. "Nuno" is derived from a Japanese word meaning "cloth."  The wool in this technique becomes a sort of glue, sticking to the base fabric once wet and agitated.

During my workshop in Paris, I was instructed on how to create a nunofelted piece of fabric. In this case, the fabric can be folded in half and actually worn as an attachable collar-accessory.