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In this instructable we will cover three different types of Shibori; binding, block and the relief patterning wrapping a skane wrap will give.

Shibori is the japanese art of covering a section of cloth to resist absorbing dye or oxidation and therefore will leave the relief the color of the fabric, different methods can be applied to create seepage and some interesting edge effects. It dates back to the 8th century and was usually done with Indigo.

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Step 1: Find a Partner

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A fellow human bean will be needed for most of these steps. A clamp may help too. 

Other materials:

Wooden block, saw if new shape is desired
Water atomizer
Mixed Indigo vat

Step 2: Starting the skein

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First off we are concentrate onthe skein technique, anyone having worked with wool will know this well however we will go through it briefly.

With your partner standing oppisite you holding two ends of the cloth each, do a thumb forefinger pleat at the same rate as eachother matching either side.

Turn to the side i.e face right, 90 degrees to the cloth, your partner the same. Start twisting the length, holding tension firm and therefore keeping pleats in place.

When fully bound the length will want to contract. Place finger in centre and join end to end, your partner now holds both ends.


Step 3: Half bound

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Now twist in opposite direction to create the skein leaving a loop to pass the two ends your partner is holding through to secure in place.

Step 4: Finished skein

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Dip in prepeared vat - 2 min dips, 20 min oxides
No need to open, only fringe

After 3 dips in a pale vat you can undind and re twist to create a pale resist base layer over-dyed with a deeper tone (darker vat) this can create some great multi layered patterning.

Step 5: Block technique

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Select cloth, iron if necessary,

Concertina pleat into 4, this ensures that no points of the cloth are hidden in folds.

Step 6: Fold into a square

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Fold into squares - again in concertina fashion. One pair of hands keeping tension. The more exact the folds the more uniform and symmetrical the end result will be.
Natalina1 year ago
This is a really well documented and professional instructable. Thank you for sharing!
Wow! This looks awesome!