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Michael Davis about shibori west textile designs
Michael Davis began dyeing garments in 1969 and was introduced to the art of shibori dyeing in 1981 by Yoshiko I. Wada, who has described him as a master dyer.

Carol Freeman constructs the exquisitely pieced kimonos, tunics, and scarves that are the signature garments of Shibori West Textile Designs.

The Japanese word "shibori" covers a multitude of dye techniques, all of which may be described as shaped resist dyeing, or creating pattern by manipulating a two-dimensional cloth surface into a three-dimensional shape before compressing it to dye. Some shibori techniques are centuries old; others are being invented by a new international community of artists.

Working from a small studio in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, Davis uses a method known as "arashi shibori," in which the fabric is wrapped around a pole prior to being tied with string and compressed. The resulting patterns on silk are organic and richly textured.

We highly recommend Yoshiko Wada's books, "Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing" and "Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now."

To learn more about Michael Davis and his art, including a list of retail shops where Shibori West Textiles Designs are offered for sale, download his printable resume PDF file.

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