‘Shibori’ is derived from the Japanese word ‘Shiboru’, which means to squeeze. It’s an ancient art form that originated in Japan around 2000 years ago. From there, it spread to different parts of the world like China and India. In this process, dyes are extracted by the manual resistance method. Then they’re created into different beautiful and mesmerizing patterns.
In the quest to enlighten the Circle family about this unique and ancient art form, Rooftop curated a special session and invited expert artist Jaishika Ratanpal to conduct and facilitate it.
About The Artist
Jaishika has always been very curious and interested in learning and exploring ancient, customary art forms. She has gained a lot of experience in these areas and achieved expertise in various art forms. She further wants to make people aware of ancient art forms as she believes it is great to love art but even better to explore their history and master them. Now, isn’t that quite interesting?
And The Workshop Began
The workshop began with a brief introduction of the artist, Jaishika Ratanpal. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the attendees and started the session with an introduction to the history of the art form and how it evolved in the past years. She also shed some light on the types of Shibori art that have been practised in Japan from ancient times as well as its history in India, followed by its comparison with the contemporary Mohenjo-Daro art forms. She also explained the advantages of natural dyeing and the types of natural dyes like tea, coffee, turmeric, etc. Then she initiated the process and instructed them about some important points to be taken care of when working on this art form. Jaishika explained each and every step in a very calm and detailed manner that made the attendees clear about the concept. The session was engaging and the attendees interacted with Jaishika in a good manner.
Towards The End Of The Workshop
As the session progressed towards its conclusion, Jaishika created a beautiful piece of art that was quite amazing. The attendees, too, were able to make their own pieces and asked Jaishika for feedback. Moving ahead, Jaishika displayed some of her previous artworks that helped the attendees in developing their understanding of the art form in a better way. The attendees expressed their gratitude to Jaishika for explaining this magnificent art form in such an easy way.
The attendees were from different parts of India and the world and also belonged to different age groups. However, they shared a common passion and love for art that united them and eventually brought them together on one platform. Rooftop was fortunate enough to be able to create and curate such a magical session with memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.
On that note, here’s us signing off until next time!