Shibori, Japanese Dyed Batik Developed by UNAIR Nursing Lecturers

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Shibori batik cloth dried in the sun. (Photo: Fariz Ilham Rosyidi)

UNAIR NEWS – As reported by, Shibori is derived from the Japanese word shiboru, fabric dyeing techniques that rely on bond and dye. The motives that are produced are not much different from batik. Not surprisingly, this type of fabric is often referred to as Japanese dyed batik.

Basically the making of Shibori is similar to batik, where some parts of the fabric are protected from being exposed to dyes. Thus, the final coloring results give a pattern according to the colored and protected parts.

To explore further, this time UNAIR NEWS team managed to meet Elida Ulfiana Ns., M.Kep, a lecturer at Department of Mental and Community Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Airlangga to learn more about the process of making shibori batik.

“The process of making shibori batik is easy, the material is easy to get, and it does not take a long time, so this is very suitable to be an option for mothers to learn the skill and also can be an option for entrepreneurship,” Elida said.

Production Process

In making shibori batik, the equipment needed is quite simple. Such as primis cloth, clothes clamp, rubber band, basin, water, spoon, and cloth coloring.

The process of making shibori batik started with folding the primis cloth using a clothes clamp and then folded long and small to fit the motif. Once folded, the fabric is tied using rubber band with a rectangular or triangular shape according to the desired pattern.

Pour rheumasol type dyes and water glasses into a basin that has been given water. Then, stir evenly using a spoon. Dip the cloth that is tied by the rubber band into the dye solution carefully, making sure it soak into the cloth. Next, drain and let it dry for a few minutes, then remove the rubber band.

Lift and spread the cloth with 2 people, then rinse the cloth with clean water. Dry the cloth in the sun.

Keep in mind, this making of shibori batik was one of a series of community service activities in Faculty of Nursing entitled “Kendangsari Village Towards Kampung Pelangi Surabaya as an Effort to Improve City Environment Through Creative Village Strategies”.

Ulfiana Ns., M.Kep (left) together with residents showed the results of making shibori batik in RT 03 RW 04 Kendangsari. (Photo: Fariz Ilham Rosyidi)

This activity was aimed to increase skills and creativity, as well as foster an entrepreneurial spirit that can strengthen the family and community’s economy, as well as one of the strategies to support the Kendangsari village to become Kampung Pelangi Surabaya. (*)

Author: Fariz Ilham Rosyidi

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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