Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mame shibori explained (video)

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Mame ("beans") shibori is a classically Edo design, a pea-dot pattern most common for tenugui (hand towel).

Harisho, the only remaining itajime master continuing practice of this traditional Edo period technique, demonstrates on video how to fold fabric several times into very small strips then put in between carved wooden boards (for mame, the boards are grooved). Recently, Harisho collaborated with popular Japanese fashion brand SOU.SOU, providing fabrics for their contemporary tabi collection.

Mame fabric created by Harisho is available in Yoshiko's online shop.

Thanks for sharing, Barbara Shapiro!


  1. Hi -
    I am trying to do this technique on my own. I understand the basic concept but am interested in seeing what the carved wooden boards look like. Can you direct me to a site or a book that has more in depth information on how to do mame shibori?
    Thank you - Kat

    1. Hi Katrin: Thanks for your comment. We have a small blurb explaining a bit better that video and the mame process. You can see it here on Yoshiko's shop (click link then scroll to bottom of that page). http://shop.yoshikowada.com/boutique. Unfortunately, none of the images we have show the boards directly but i believe the grooves are just rows of channels across the full width of the block.