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Shibori resist-dyeing


by Panduro

Shibori resist-dyeing

Shibori resist-dyeing

How to instructions

  • 1

    Wash the top at least once to remove any residues in a new garment.

  • 2

    Cover your entire worktop in plastic sheeting, and wear rubber gloves.

  • 3

    Wet the top and take a large cylinder, like a straight-sided paper bin to slip inside the top.

  • 4

    Arrange the top around the cylinder. Take non-staining string and fasten it around the whole cylinder and top at one side. Continue wrapping the string 6-7 times. Holding the string tight, squeeze the fabric where you string-wrapped it so that the fabric puckers up in little rolls. Pull the string tight. Wrap the top for another 6-7 rounds and squeeze the fabric against the pleats you already made. Continue in the same way until you have wrapped string around the entire top.

  • 5

    Mix equal parts dye and water. Paint dye on the top using a wide paintbrush until all the fabric is soaked in dye. Leave the top to take up the dye for 24 hours.

  • 6

    Cut away the string. Take care not to cut the fabric.

  • 7

    Fix the dye by ironing the fabric without steam for 5 minutes.*

Give your top a whole new look using fabric dye! For this project, we used a special Japanese Shibori resist-dyeing technique, which involves placing the fabric around a cylinder and then wrapping string around it. Instead of tie-dye where you tie string or rubber bands around the fabric, here you wrap string around a cylinder and then pull the fabric out between the gaps. The result is stripey, a bit like the stripes on a tiger. The runny watercolour fabric dye works on fabrics with at least 50% cotton content (as well as silks).

*Alternatively, fix the paint in the oven at 150 °C for 5 minutes, but make sure the garment has no buttons, elastic, or heat-sensitive features. When fixing dye in the oven, it is important to make sure that the fabric does not touch the oven heating element.

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