In the 1980's, Barbre began working with another resist technique. Instead of wax resist as in batik, it's a handpleated traditional Shibori Japanese resist technique. Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways for embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dying. Shibori gives cloth a three-dimensional form by folding, stitching, twisting, and binding. The special characteristic of Shibori resist is a soft blurry edge. It is the beauty of colors hidden between the pleats when slightly open that makes this technique a constant joy and surprise. Dye can be applied before, during, and after pleating.
Barbre's work can also be seen in Studio 14 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where she also shows jewelry and handpainted silk scarves.