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Shibori // 絞り
Cyanotype on organic Japanese cotton

Shibori or 絞り染め (shiborizome) is one of the oldest Japanese indigo dye processes dating back to the 8th century, involving folding or squeezing the fabric to create patterns. The name comes from the Japanese word shiboru, meaning to wring. In Japanese, shibori is also the word used for camera aperture. The cyanotype images are made by grasping the fabric in the manner of the shibori technique, showing the gradual enlargement of the hand aperture. Fabric cyanotypes playing with dual meanings of the word shibori.

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