Shibori, a home fashion trend that exploded in 2015 with handmade goods coming back into popularity in full swing. It is centuries old and is still going strong and features our favorite color indigo blue! The patterns and finished product are so beautiful and elegant it's hard to believe how incredibly easy it is to do!
Shibori: is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric.[1 In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a shibori technique dates from the 8th century. The main dye was indigo and, to a lesser extent, madder and purple root; the fabrics used were silk, hemp, and later cotton. These are the recommended fabrics to use since they take the dye best. You can read more in depth at www.shibori.org.
The patterns vary from simple to intricate. The most popular are the simplest to do! My 3-year-old even helped me! We started out experimenting with baby onesies for a baby shower present. I tried three different types. Striped vertical, boshi (square grid), and oniko (circles). Traditionally they used string to tie and loop, but since I had a modern kit I used rubber bands. Both work, but I'm sure string works best. I'm not done experimenting and will add more feedback and discoveries in another blog post. My first try try at it was really easy and successful.
PATTERN TUTORIAL DIAGRAM
YOU WILL NEED...
- Cotton fabric
- Indigo fabric dye
- Plastic gloves
- String or rubber bands
- Plastic wrap
- Paper towels to protect your surface
- Squirt bottles or stainless steel pot/bucket if dipping in dye
CHECK OUT MY FINISHED FABRICS
They will make beautiful pillows for my TLA boutique!