Shibori in South Africa


Yes, I'm somewhat obsessed with shibori. So I did some snooping around to see who, if anyone, is working with this bold indigo dyeing technique in South Africa. Here's what I found...

1. Santjie Viljoen

I found Santjie's work on Instagram. She's been dyeing up an indigo storm, making home decor goods for the upcoming Kamer's event. You can find her on Instagram on @santjiev, or on her soon-to-be-unveiled website at

photo credits: Santjie Viljoen

2. Lichen & Leaf

Although she's usually super busy with her beautiful block printing, Cynthia from Lichen and Leaf has also tried her hand at some shibori dye. She made these super cute arashi shibori zip pouches which got snapped up at the Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock. You can find her there on Saturday mornings or pop over and visit her beautiful Instagram feed over here.

photo credits: Lichen & Leaf

3. Isobel Sippel

Isobel Sippel Studio work magic with all kinds of beautiful designs and prints on luxurious fabrics. In this range they worked with brown, black, green and blue shibori style dyes to create cushions, silk scarves, pinafores and throws. Find them on

photo credits: Isobel Sippel Studio


4. Michelle Ludek

Cape Town based fashion designer, Michelle Ludek, introduces shibori print into her new summer range - sometimes off-the-shoulder, always elegant. You can find her range online at or in stores at the V&A's Watershed in Cape Town.

photo credits: Michelle Ludek

Do you know of anyone else working with Shibori in South Africa? I'd love hear from you!