Arashi shibori is a Japanese technique with multiple variations. The one we use for this design is also called “pole wrap shibori”, since it consists of wrapping the fabric around a tube to create a motif that recalls the lightning of thunderstorms – this is the meaning of the word “arashi” in Japanese.
Indigo is a dye that requires a different process from all others, since it is not soluble in water; therefore, in order to dye a fabric, certain conditions have to be created involving temperature, alkalinity, and a total lack of oxygen in the dye bath.
All of our Nuno pillows are hand sewn and are designed to be reversible. We create Nuno felt by combining the highest quality Merino or Alpaca wool with luxurious silk. One side accentuates the elegant texture of silk, while the other emphasizes the soft Merino and Alpaca texture. The Nuno pillow is a timeless and elegant piece.
The molecular structure of the wool allows the fibers to interlace when handling and manipulating the material. With Nuno felting, blending silk into the process adds lightness, flow, drapery, and an elegant texture to the finished product. Once the fleece is felted, the fibers cannot be separated, resulting in non-woven fabric, luxurious in its appearance and exceptional in its texture.
(The piece does not include the pillow insert.)