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.
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.
Step 6: Fold Into a Square
Step 7: Spray
Step 8: Cut Paper
Place paper on fabric in desired position and place wooden block on top and underside, the paper sandwiched next to the textile creates interesting and varied dyes results as it absorbs the indigo at a different rate.
Step 9: Clamping
Step 10: Dye!
Dip into prepared vat (see previous instructable) immersing piece without presoaking it in water will give clearer more defined edges.
Step 11: Open Edges
This takes about 20 mins for green to fix fully into blue.
Repeat this process dipping two mins each time, up to six times for strong deep shades.
Step 12: Reveal
Step 13: Finished Block Print
Step 14: Rope Twist
At this point however many different materials can be use, we chose webbing and some plastic bag scraps. Thick string can also work very well.
We did a broad spiral and then at about 1ft intervals wrapped a tight band about an inch wide.
Step 15: Tension
Step 16: Elastic Bands Etc
Elastic bands can also be used to keep dye off patches you really don't want it to get too.
In this photo the piece has a been dyed five times and the process of unwrapping is taking place.
Step 17: Some Finished Scarves
It is near nye impossible to get the same effect twice, annoying if trying to repeat something that went well but i think more fun feeling that excitement whilst unbinding not knowing what your going to get.
Enjoy the summer and experimenting with Shibori!