Emilyn Eto lives and works in Los Angeles, California with her husband and six year old daughter.
Sun bleaching has been a process used since ancient times. Egyptians whitened their stained clothing in sunlight. The Romans preferred a white cloth exposed to the sun as a sign of purity and holiness.
Shibori is a Japanese dye technique. Areas of your cloth resist color because it is bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and compressed. In this process, one starts with un-dyed cloth, then applies the color, resulting in a pattern.
In Desert Shibori, I combine these two ideas, but instead start with the colored cloth. This color is then removed through extended exposure to the sun. This is reverse shibori where color is taken away.
There is no greater symbol of the desert, than the sun. Days are coursed by its movements and its varying degrees of warmth forces us to respond in innovative ways.
I use the sun to make its mark on my precious cloth, as a reminder and in gratitude of our connection to this powerful life force.