Shibori Dyeing

March 19, 2013


Shibori is a method of resist dyeing that includes stitching, clamping and binding techniques.

The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” This word root emphasizes the action preformed on the cloth, the process of manipulating fabric. Many techniques of Shibori were developed following two paths: as a method of decorating the silk used for producing kimonos for the aristocracy of Japan, and as a folk art differing from region to region. Local forms of Shibori emerged to make cheap hemp fabrics look like new for the working class. In 8th century Japan, where we find the earliest examples of shibori, indigo was the main dye used. One can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, and each way results in completely different patterns. Each method achieves a certain look and is used to work in harmony with the type of cloth used. Therefore, the technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed.

Arashi shibori is a pole-wrapping technique. This is the technique we used to dye our silk organza shifts! “Arashi” is the Japanese word for storm, and the patterns created in arashi shibori are always on a diagonal, which suggest the driving rain of a heavy storm. The cloth is wrapped diagonally while thread is used to bind it tightly to the pole. Next, the cloth is scrunched on the pole, resulting in pleated cloth with a design on the diagonal.


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Size Guide


Blue Fish sizing is uniquely ours. We have developed this system to fit many body types, shapes, & heights comfortably. Here is the Blue Fish size chart and its traditional size equivalent:

00 – only available in select styles. fits up to size 6

0 – fits up to size 10

1 – fits ups to size 16

2 – fits up to size 22

3 – only available in our studio tees & some tunics. fits up to size 26

O/S – one size that fits most customers

Remember that each style is unique & has different measurements--please check the size chart on your item of interest for exact measurements! One style may fit you differently than other styles you have worn before and we strongly recommend checking the measurements before making your purchase.


You might wear a combination of sizes depending on your body shape and how you prefer the drape of your clothing. For instance, you might wear a size 0 pants and a size 1 top. If you prefer looser, more flowy clothing, size up--if you prefer more fitted pieces, choose those closer to your actual measurements. We provide measurements for each style so you can find the best fit for the way you like to wear your Blue Fish.  

If you ever have questions about the fit of our clothing, just give us a call! We will help you find the specific styles that will work best for you. Call us at 800.395.4566 M-F from 9-5 CST to speak to our personal shoppers. You can also email us with any questions at