Shibori is the Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by stitching, binding, folding, twisting or compressing. Artisans bind sections of cloth with thread to achieve desired patterns, depending on how tightly and where the cloth is bound. Raw materials used in this process are locally sourced cotton fabrics and non-toxic vegetable dyes.
Located in a dry desert climate of western Rajasthan, India, where people rely on crafts, tourism and mining for their livelihoods, the shibori art form has been passed down through generations. This small Muslim group of mostly women artisans work from their homes. With new international markets open to them through our fair trade partnership, artisans are gaining economic stability and future generations can enjoy a more fruitful life.