Shibori is everywhere these days but the truth is it has been around for centuries. At its core, Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces a number of different patterns on fabric.
Here are a few of our favourite examples of it used in home decor.
We tried our hand at a DIY Shibori using a pre-reduced indigo kit. The Kit we purchase was from G&S Dye and contains:
- Pre-reduced Indigo
- Thiourea Dioxide
- Sodium Carbonate
- Raycafix Dye Fixative
- T.N.A. Soap
You will also need:
- Clothes pegs
- Stir Stick
- Rubber Gloves
Here is how we pulled ours together
1. Wash fabric with 1 /2 oz of T.N.A Soap to remove dirt and sizing from the fabric. *Use water that is 60-70ºF (20-24ºC)
2. Mix the following in about 3-5 L of water (you can mix less if you are only doing a small amount of fabric) and wait for the foam to settle. Use a stir stick and wear gloves, this stuff stains!
- 20gm Pre-reduced Indigo
- 80gm Thioureadioxide
- 100gm Sodium Carbonate
4. Remove and hang to air dry. Your fabric will oxidize and change from green to indigo blue. Repeat dipping 2-3 times for a deeper shade.
- Untie or unclip your fabric after about 1 hour and let it hang to dry further.
- Rinse in clean water until all the blue dye runs clear.