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How to make shibori inspired fabric
Today I will teach you the basics of shibori inspired tie-dye. We are not using real indigo dye because it is often hard to find but normal fabric dye instead.

I will show you a few basic binding techniques to create different shibori inspired styles.

Posted by Daniela S. from Graz, Styria, Austria • Published See Daniela S.'s 9 projects »
  • Step 1

    Start with cutting your fabric to the desired size. I wanted to make dishtowels so i cutted four 47x53 cm big pieces of fabric.

  • Step 2

    Then you can experiment with binding your fabric. The binded parts of the fabric will take no color.

  • How to tie-dye . Shibori Inspired Tie Dye - Step 3
    Step 3

    The itajime shibori technique is a folding and binding technique. Fold the fabric like an accordion. Fold it again in the other direction - also like an accordion. Use the wooden plates and rubber bands to fix the folded fabric.

    This results in square shaped undyed spots.

  • How to tie-dye . Shibori Inspired Tie Dye - Step 4
    Step 4

    The itajime technique works with all forms of wooden plates. The result differs when you take rectangular plates.

    The result will be a dyed fabric with rectangular undyed spots.

  • How to tie-dye . Shibori Inspired Tie Dye - Step 5
    Step 5

    The Kanoko Shibori technique is a all binding technique. You will eventually know it from summer holidays as a child because it's the classic tie-dye technique.

    For this technique you grab the fabric and bind it at many places. The result are round undyed spots.

  • How to tie-dye . Shibori Inspired Tie Dye - Step 6
    Step 6

    You can also get another result with this technique.

    Grab the fabric in the middle and lift it up. The corners look now all downwards. Take the rubber bands and start to bind the fabric, begin with the spot near your holding hand and move downwards.
    The result will be a sun-like shape.

  • How to tie-dye . Shibori Inspired Tie Dye - Step 7
    Step 7

    The last technique I will show you is the Kumo Shibori technique. It is a folding and binding technique.

    It involves binding the fabric in very close sections, which results in several spider like designs. Start by folding the fabric lengthwise into an accordion. Pinch and bind into equal sections.

    Do the same with the opposite side, in staggered sections. Continue binding with rubber bands, working your way towards the center.

    Keep binding until you can’t go any further. Add additional rubber bands to make the fabric into a tight bundle.

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