World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Barbara Shapiro

San Francisco, California USA


Barbara’s artwork speaks of historic textiles of many cultures, burnished with the patina of time and imbued with a very personal sense of beauty. Involved in textiles from an early age, Barbara began weaving in 1975 in New York City. After her involvement her native San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the ’70s and ’80s, Barbara shifted her focus to non-functional textile art. Barbara’s wall pieces reflect her rich knowledge of ethnic textiles combined with technical weaving and shibori dyeing acumen. In recent years she has concentrated on indigo dyeing and on the contemporary Art Basket. She has taught indigo dying for many years, now concentrating on the “Greener Indigo” formula, safe and suitable for the studio artist. Her baskets, often indigo dyed, explore contemporary sculptural forms in the most ancient of techniques. She is currently teaching for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SFSU.



“Four Weavers,” Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA, 2013
“Bojagi and Beyond,” Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, 2011 and Seoul, Korea, 2012
“Energy Nexus: Interpretations in Fiber,” Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, 2011
“To Dye For: A World of Saturated Color,” De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2010-2011
“Carved Board Clamp Resist Dyeing,” UNO Weber Gallery, Omaha, NE 2010


AFFILIATIONS (selective)

Docent, Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Board member, Textile Society of America Board member
Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Advisory Board member
Handweavers Guild of America
Surface Design Association


PUBLICATIONS (selective)

“Investigating Indigo in the art of the Anatolian Kilim,” De Young Museum Blog, Feb 2012
“Fabric: Metallic Textile Design of Kinor Jiang,” book review, Textiles Asia Journal and TSA Newsletter 2012
“Olga de Amaral; Between Pueblos in Paris,” exhibition review, Fiberarts, Spring 2011
“Le Tissage aux Cartons dans L’Egypte Ancienne, 1916,” (Cardweaving in Ancient Egypt) Translation by Barbara Shapiro 2010
“Vive le Shibori!” review written by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, April/May 2009