Cool Trend: Indigo Clothing Inspired by Japanese Shibori

We’re saying “sayonara” to yesterday’s patterns, and “konnichiwa” to a top new clothing trend: Japanese Shibori-inspired prints! This classic indigo clothing style is making refreshingly cool waves down runways across the globe. We’re 100% on board and we think you’ll be a fan of this beautiful blue hue, too.

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Indigo Clothing Prints We’re Really Getting Into

Traditional floral, scalloped and tie-dye patterns in indigo blue provide an electric pop when printed on white cloth. There’s something extra-captivating about this color pairing. It offers a true je ne sais quoi that we just can’t get enough of! Breezy Boho dresses like this one are high on our must-have list for spring and summer.

Indigo Shibori: A Chic Blast from the Past

Born in Japan around the 8th century, Shibori is a traditional type of dyeing that uses a variety of stitching, folding and shape-resist techniques to create dazzling patterns. Each of our unique indigo clothing pieces is inspired by this ancient process and is dyed using mud-resist block printing techniques.

As far back as 1,000 AD, the rich blue hue of genuine indigo dye has been a much coveted color. Originally, it was derived from persicaria tinctoria, also called the “Japanese indigo” plant, which is still preferred today.

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Take it From the Top

It’s impressive to see for yourself how these gifted artisans deftly apply ancient techniques to achieve just the right shade, creating timeless prints that are as eye-catching today as they were a thousand years ago. Putting on stunning indigo clothing items like this printed top is like wearing an original piece of artwork (#swoon).

Kimono Over!

Some kimonos are meant to be used as a robe for indoor lounging, but this reversible kimono-esque gem was made to be seen by all. We love its adaptable, wide-arm silhouette paired with skinny jeans and a tee. Did we mention it’s reversible? Two looks means twice as many options. Think art shows, picnics and Sunday brunches.

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The Perfect Pocket Dress

We adore this comfy, billowy dress featuring an intricate indigo print — but we’re even more wild about its roomy pockets! Slip your cell phone and concert tickets into the pockets, and head out to a summer music festival in style. This is the perfect piece for casually meandering wherever the day may take you.

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  • Monica

    Where can I buy the Shibori clothing?

  • Juliana

    I would love to buy the Indigo blue dress. Do you carry it in the store? Nobody at the store by me knows how to order it. Please help.

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      World Market Editorial

      Hi Juliana,

      We apologize that we have since sold out of this style since this article was published. We recommend checking out our Summer Lookbook to see what exciting new styles we have available, here.

      World Market Editor

  • Valeria

    Please bring in some plus size clothing, I love you clothes but can’t buy it….away too small for some of us with larger bust, larger frame.

  • Linda

    Where can I purchase these items. I went to Japan years ago and purchased some similar items they are still as new as ever.

  • Lesa

    Me three! I’m looking for the sibori indigo clothing item that seems to be so popular on Pinterest so how come we can’t seem to find the sibori indigo blue clothing line on your site? Are you guys just teasing us?

  • Betsy Millard

    I would like to buy the Shibori dress. Let me know how.

  • Merry Martin

    I like the dress your model wears to highlight this article in the first two photos. Why show it if you aren’t selling it?

  • Donna

    Yes, I would like to see plus sizes too – or at least and XL – rather than a L/XL.

  • Suzanne

    Do you ever sell clothing in Plus sizes? 1x, 2x, even 3x?


    Why are you no longer selling Dutch chocolate? It happens to be the best chocolate in the world. Yummie. I miss it. I love the Droste pastilles, especially the orange chocolate and dark chocolate. Please bring them back.


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