Being a big fan of the beach, I'm always on the lookout for fun towels to accompany me on my sea side adventures. I got it in my head that I wanted one that was indigo dyed in the Japanese shibori style, but couldn't find one anywhere on the inter tubes. So I decided to make my own!
I made two versions, one using a hard to fold, big 'n puffy fancy towel, and another one using a thin, cheaper towel that allowed me to try a traditional folding technique. I love how they both came out - the thinner, more lightweight one will be great for quick dips, while the bigger one will be perfect for all day luxury lounging.
Indigo dying is an ancient art dating back to Egyptian times. Both the natural and synthetic versions are incredibly color-fast (permanent), so there shouldn't be any transfer of the dye to your skin after a swim. The manual that comes with the natural plant based dye kit I recommend buying in the next step has a great write up on the history of the indigo dye if you're interested in learning more about it's fancy past.
Let's get started!
Here is a quick project overview compliments of Instructables' talented videographer Jon Brown: