This past weekend my beau and I tried our hands at dying with natural indigo, attempting ancient Shibori techniques from Japan. The most exciting part about this experience is having no idea what you're doing, but your work and dedication eventually yields surprisingly beautiful results! In preparation, we read numerous other blog entries from around the world, watched old youtube videos from Japan in the 1980s, and consulted Janice Gunner's Shibori for Textile Artists. We finally felt ready after a month of talking about it!
The textiles we used were cotton duck canvas pre-washed; silk chiffon and georgette pre-sewn into two circle scarves. We tried out a folding-clamping method (Itajime) to achieve the geometric patterns, an accordion style tie (Tesuji) and some rope-wrapping methods to achieve the other stripy-mirrored patterns.
Let's just say some came out better than others but I've been able to utilize almost every textile: scarves, pillows, even a tote!
Here's some photos of the day-long process and adventure...
Be sure that I will attempt another dye batch and that some silk scarves will be up for purchase in the near future.