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.
Step 1: Find a Partner
Wooden block, saw if new shape is desired
Mixed Indigo vat
Step 2: Starting the skein
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
Step 4: Finished skein
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
Concertina pleat into 4, this ensures that no points of the cloth are hidden in folds.