Shibori comes from the Japanese verb root “shiboru,” meaning to wring, squeeze, press. It is a traditional Japanese resist-dyeing technique, in which the pattern is made by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, dyeing, and then releasing the binding pressure to reveal the pattern. The original Shibori techniques were ancestral, handed down exclusively within Japanese artisan families.
"Arashi" is the Japanese word for storm. Also known as pole-wrapping shibori, where the cloth is wrapped on diagonally around a pole, bound tightly by wrapping thread up and down the pole. The resultant patterns of an Arashi Shibori are reminiscent of storm-driven rain.
Nui Shibori is one of the many forms of traditional Japanese resist dye techniques. It involves the use of tacking stitches as resist, wherein the parts that are stitched remain un-dyed. Designs may appear light and dark across the fabric, these variations are inherent in hand made tie and dye techniques.