Shibori Dyeing: Fabric

What can you do with a bunch of rubber bands, nails, screws, pvc pipe and dental floss? Shibori dyeing, of course!

I was lucky enough to attend Mallory Steele’s (local artist) Dye Shibori workshop at the Women’s Industrial Exchange back in February.  Shibori is a resist dyeing technique using objects such as wooden blocks, rubber balls, nails, screws, etc… to resist the dye. Another technique involves stitching or gathering fabric in various patterns before dyeing. Using dental floss, I wrapped and gathered fabric around a pvc pipe before placing it in the dye bucket (cloth on the right).

Here are my results:

Sample Cloth: Green

Sample Cloth: Green

Here’s a short clip to demonstrate the process:

Arashi Shibori Dyeing

I also dyed two scarfs by grouping several screws randomly on the cloth and gathering them together with rubber bands. The screws create a starburst pattern (purple scarf).  My second scarf was created by bunching the fabric, mimicking the pole wrapping without the pole. Again, the fabric was gathered using dental floss.

Purple Scarf

Purple Scarf

Red Scarf

Red Scarf

 All of the fabric was dyed using Pro MX Reactive Dyes  by Pro Chemical and Dye.  This dye does require a dye activator or soda ash, plus salt. We used a pool ph balancer for the dye activator.  It worked great. Also, once the activator is added, the dye liquid cannot be altered. 

Overall, the class was both educational and entertaining.  I am looking forward to trying shibori dyeing at home.    

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    Erin K said,

    Beautiful colors! And I like the way the patterns came out.


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