Last week, in our weekly Blog we were talking about Mokume, the shibori technique that resembles on the fabric of the wood grain design. Today I want to talk about another beautiful Shibori technique called Arashi.
Arashi is the Japanese term for “storm” and it's also known as the pole-wrapping technique.
It starts by wrapping the fabric around a plastic PVC pipe at a diagonal. When the fabric is wrapped, it necessary to tie a piece of twine into a double knot at the base of the pipe and wrap the twine around the fabric all the way. Once the fabric is very tightly wrapped is squeezes down.
Now the pole with the fabric wrapped around is submerged in water and, ready to be dip into the indigo vat many times allowing in between to oxidize.
When the indigo has reached the intensity we wanted, it is rinsed many times and the twine is cut to reveal the amazing Arashi design.
Here some variations of Arashi.