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Indigo Dreams

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- Elizabeth Mikutowicz -
This week I, Elizabeth, wanted to share my passion of indigo and shibori with you! I love the calming nature of indigo blue and the endless patterns one can create with shibori. The fact that indigo is a natural plant dye and requires the use of natural fibers is also something I value.

Shibori is the Japanese method of tying, binding, and manipulating fabric in such a way that a resist is created. When submerged in a liquid dye bath, the resist prevents the dye from accessing certain parts of the fabric, resulting in a beautiful pattern. Some of these patterns are more geometric in nature, with clearly defined dyed and undyed areas; while other patterns are more organic with subtle variegation between blue and white.
shibori
Shibori folds
Shibori dates back many centuries in Japan where is was used for intricate Kimono silks. While Shibori is a Japanese method, similar techniques have been used for centuries in many countries including India, Indonesia, and Mali, to name a few.

I first became aware of shibori and the indigo dyeing process through my mother, whom is a textile artist. After living in Japan for several years my interest and appreciation of both indigo and shibori increased; but it was not until returning home that I actually learned how to make shibori. Once I learned, I was totally hooked and dyed every natural fiber garment and textile I owned! Then I moved on to my boyfriends clothes, began inviting friends over to teach them, and began teaching a more formal workshop twice a month. Over time my interest and appreciation evolved into a line of handdyed garments and pilows, Liz + Luna Design.


Liz + luna
One of the aspects I love most about shibori is also one of the inherent challenges. It is a largely a "blind process" in that I never know exactly how the dye will hit the fabric and what the resulting product will look like. This also means that regardless of how many times I fold the same patterns, each one will be slightly unique, and unfolding to discover the result is always just as exciting as the first time.
shibori

All editorial photos taken by Gabrielle Tigan of Covn.
One of the best aspects to the labororite in our Weevil Stone Bootom Earrings is that each stone is unique in color and refraction, just like how each shibori piece has its own individuality. 
weevil earrings
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