Polypropylene Pipes


Arashi Shibori was originally practiced on tapered wooden poles – hence the name ‘pole wrapping’. Enthusiastic practitioners of Arashi have ‘wrapped’ their chosen material on a wide range of smooth cylindrical objects – most commonly, domestic pipe (made of pvc), bottles, chimney flue pipes, and even paint pots. These all have limitations, and the need for an affordable, reusable pipe has discouraged many practitioners of Arashi Shibori from continuing with the technique.

We have sourced a specialist Polypropylene pipe, which we chose after extensive research because of its durability at high temperatures. Unlike ordinary gutter pipe, made of PVC, which will buckle within minutes when compressed with string and steamed (and is then unusable), polypropylene, of an appropriate wall thickness, will last for many years without deterioration. We have selected a weight of pipe that is both robust yet not too heavy to lift; these are specially imported from continental Europe and are normally only available in 5metre lengths and at high cost.  

We are able to supply these in cut lengths of 99.5cm and 49cm, in two external diameters, 110mm and 160mm.  The longer pipes are designed to fit the Compleat™ Wrapping Machine, but can also be used in projects done by hand, with larger lengths of fabric. The shorter size is ideal for hand wrapping, and lengths of up to 5 metres of material can be folded and wrapped on these.

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