Yukata (informal unlined summer kimono)
Cotton
Itajimezome (clamp resist)

This subtle design of small squares is deceptive. At a distance, its regularity may give the impression of a print; closer and its feathered edges may give the impression of shibori, but it was made by folding the material countless times, then applying strategically located square shaped pressure, and then immersing the material in a dye bath. Where the square shaped pressure was applied, dye was prevented from saturating the material, leaving the blank spaces.

The slight undulation in the photo above derives from the undulation of the hanging fabric, but the varying distance between the squares is due to a slight unevenness in the measurement of the fabric as it was folded.

Above, there are none of the telltale puckers or small needle holes indicatative of shibori.

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