Made with LOVE
Handmade embraces the human potential, and gives individuals a voice they may not otherwise have. To buy handmade, is to affirm and give life to that human voice.
Here at Umoya, every product you see, once flowed through the fingers of their makers. The individuality of all these people make it one of a kind, and almost impossible to replicate.
At Umoya, we specialised in an ancient Japanese method of manipulating and dyeing fabric, known as Shibori.
The word comes from the Japanese word shiboru, loosely translated it means "to wring, squeeze or press." It is a resist dyeing technique that has been around since the 8th century.
The process involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric, usually silk or cotton, thus transforming two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then dyed. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns.