- For this project I decided to dabble in “Shibori.”
- Shibori is resist dyeing where you cover up part of the fibre and the covered part will remain undyed (resist dye). Tie-dyeing is a form of Shibori. Shibori started in China dating back to seventh century where it has been found in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Indonesia.
Shibori Practice Directions Sample #1
Lay fabric flat and iron. You should consider a natural fibre for this project as this will produce best results when using Rit dye. Here, I have used a fabric swatch made from 100% cotton. Even though the label reads cotton, I conducted the burn test to reaffirm. The fabric swatch is a piece from an older t-shirt as I thought it was important to do a little experimenting practice before I start dyeing my wardrobe.
Fold fabric in accordion style (back and forth).
Now, fold in the other direction (lengthway) in accordion fashion.
Begin clamping edges with binder clips.
You can use as many as you like.
Pour package of dye into plastic container.
Add hot water
Add one cup of salt to the dye bath if you are using natural fibres such as cotton.
Stir the dye bath.
Place fabric in the dye bath, ensure it is completely submerged and time for 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally. After thirty minutes, remove fabric and rinse under warm then gradually cool water until the dye stops running. Wash in warm water with mild detergent then air dry or use dryer.
Shibori Practice Directions Sample #2
- Itajime shibori is a shape-resist technique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibori#Kumo_shibori).
Fold fabric in accordion style lengthwise and the other way. Then place a cut- out square made from cardboard on the front and back of the folded fabric and bind with rubber bands. This actual picture I had to find on the internet as I accidentally deleted the picture of my demonstration of this step. (The image was taken from http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shibori-diy). Next, please follow directions from Sample 1 demonstration steps 5 -8.
Shibori Practice Directions Sample #3
- Kumo shibori is a pleated and bound resist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibori#Kumo_shibori).
Fold accordion style.
Pinch and bind into equal sections.
Continue binding with elastics as many times as you can. Next, please follow directions from Sample 1 demonstration steps 5 -8.
The dyeing assignment was a project I looked forward to delving into and I was quite pleased with the results. Resist dyeing is exciting yet trepidatious as the results are somewhat of a surprise until the great unveiling where you get to unravel and open your gift. I am feeling more confident that I can try such techniques on “real” clothes and my sister already put in the first order for a binder clip tank top.
Sources for Useful Instruction on Dyeing
World Shibori Network (http://shibori.org/traditions/techniques)
“Burda Style Dyeing Fabric: Shibori Techniques” (http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/dyeing-fabric-shibori-techniques)
The Rit Studio: How to Dye Using the Shibori Pole- Wrapping Technique (https://www.ritstudio.com/techniques/creative-techniques/shibori-pole-wrapping)
“DIY Shibori” Honestly WTF (http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shibori-diy)