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Shibori is a japanese tie-dying technique. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a Shibori technique dates from the 8th century. Until the 20th century, not many fabrics and dyes were in widespread use in Japan. Silk and hemp (and later cotton) were dyed with indigo and, to a lesser extent, madder and purple root.

In the class we will learn the basics of Shibori techniques. There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for Shibori, and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also 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. Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one another to achieve more elaborate results.


Teacher bio:

Tata Leban was born into an artistic family in Tbilisi, Georgia, in an Artistic family. Her mother was a ballet dancer and her father an artist and singer. She studied dance for fifteen years with the Georgian National Ballet starting at age 4. Through her dance studies she travelled to perform at festivals all around Europe. Tata also painting and drawing since she was a little. She decided she wanted to become an artist and fashion designer when she was 15 and after graduating from high school she went to the Academy of Fine Arts where she studied Art and Fashion Design for six years. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she moved to New York at the age of 20, where she enrolled at Parsons New School for Design and studied fashion design for two more years. She has worked as an assistant designer at New York fashion companies such as Betsey Johnson, Laundry by Shelly Segal, Aeropostale, Jules Reid and Undergear. She learned Shibori and Batik at The Academy of Fine Arts in Georgia and she sells her scarves in NY at The Manhattan Young Designers Boutique at Volang. She sells her drawings and paintings as well.