Alice Manchester at the Colosseum in Italy in 2010
My Love Story With Shibori

I am Alice Manchester, an artist and designer that has been studying shibori, including the life and work of Mariano Fortuny since 1999, and in the fabric art business since 1975.  Taking my two daughters with me, I visited Palazzo Fortuny (now a museum) in Venice, Italy in 2010, to study the methods of the work of Venetian shibori master Fortuny, very possibly the last Renaissance man.

Upon returning from Italy, my husband David transformed our garage into a magnificent studio and office space so that Shibori Northwest could become a reality. I passionately experiment and create a wide range of silk scarves and other Shibori inspired silk wearable art in my studio in Portland, Oregon.

The construction of this site for Shibori Northwest ecommerce has been a project very special to my heart, so that my unique and lovely creations have a sales platform and can be worn and enjoyed by others who share a love for art, fashion, and very specifically, the Japanese techniques and processes of shibori. 

As I progress, I foresee changes manifesting in the appearance and content of this site.  Wisdom is gained through experience and knowledge. In my blog, which I am happy to say is also included on this site now, is a treasure of information and pictures on the processes that are

specific to the art pieces that I have created and continue to create. I hope you will find it stimulating, interesting, and informative, like I do.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for visiting me online and helping to make Shibori Northwest a great and lasting success.

Wild Mint Scarf

Wild Mint Scarf

shadow detail

Silk Pretzel

Silk Pretzel

How a pleated scarf can be stored

Olive Red Scarf

Olive Red Scarf

Shibori pleated with a twist - sold

Olive Red Scarf

Olive Red Scarf

Curvacious folds of silk - sold

Silk Panel

Silk Panel

Dyed cerulean blue with moire effects

David & Alice

David & Alice

Manchesters in Toledo, Spain in 2012

Kelp Wrap

Kelp Wrap

Textured wrap with closed layers

Sewing Table

Sewing Table

Exquisitely designed by David Manchester

Drawers

Drawers

Detail of the 3/4" inlaid wood squares

Rainbow Wrap

Rainbow Wrap

finished piece

Driftwood

Driftwood

Just taken off of the pole

Golden Pretzel

Golden Pretzel

How a pleated scarf can be stored

Hi from Alice

Hi from Alice

Greetings from Roman Colosseum

Arashi Shibori

Arashi Shibori

Pole Wrapped Scarf

Unfinished

Unfinished

Revealing a beautiful pattern

Pretzel

Pretzel

Helps retain pleating

Arashi Shibori

Arashi Shibori

Just coming off the pole for a first look

Chevron stripes

Chevron stripes

A closeup of the pattern

Cherry Mango

Cherry Mango

Bomaki style shibori scarf - sold

Arashi shibori poles

Arashi shibori poles

Wrapped, dyed, and dried sampler

Wrapped

Wrapped

A glimpse of the process

Hero

Hero

Our sweet curious dobi

Mint Greens

Mint Greens

Works in progress

Scarf Face

Scarf Face

Sense of humor & lots of character! - sold

Shibori Vortex

Shibori Vortex

Headquarters. It all happens here!

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Silk Pretzel

How a pleated scarf can be stored