Martha Stewart
The staying power of shibori
The staying power of shibori

If you think of shibori as 1960s' tie-dye for adults, you'd be partly right. Many of the chaotic-looking, one-of-a-kind patterns splashed over fashion fabrics today are made by an ancient Japanese "shape resist" dying technique called shibori, which is basically a more sophisticated form of tie-dye as we know it from its hippie heyday in the 1960s and early '70s. More elaborate kinds of shibori are distinguished by complex techniques -- such as with stitching, gathering, binding, clamping, folding, plaiting, knotting, pinching and twisting -- to create a unique pattern. While it's known primarily in the West as the tie-dye that was popular in hippie...