Yohji Yamamoto and shibori

Yohji Yamamoto: Shibori from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

Rather belatedly, I’ve just come across this video on the V&A site showing the process of shibori dyeing on a garment designed by Yohji Yamamoto (I haven’t been to the exhibition yet either).

You can really see the labour that goes into this. Despite all the advances in textile technology, here is a man clamping a dress into an elegantly crafted wooden pot, beautifully bound with rope, dunking it and swirling it in a vat of steaming dye, and snipping off samples to check the colour by eye.

Nice to know that there will always be some things that require human skill rather than monotonous machinery.


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