Shibori Style Techniques

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Shibori is the art of compressing, folding, and binding fabric to create beautiful designs.



  1. Rinse towels in room temperature water prior to folding. Gently squeeze towels to help remove any excess water prior to folding.
  2. Choose 1–2 shibori techniques for the set of towels. Folds should be as compressed as possible for best results. a. Some examples of shibori folds: i. Kanoko shibori — Similar to Western tie-dye techniques, this method involves using rubber bands to bind where pattern is desired. ii. Kumo Shibori – A pleated, bound resist. Accordion-fold fabric evenly and precisely. Use rubber bands to compress and create a pattern.
  3. Once towels are folded and compressed, gently wring out excess water without disturbing the folds.
  4. Add hot water to a bucket. Water should be as hot as possible.
  5. Wearing gloves for protection, add Rit Liquid Dye to warm water and mix until it dissolves completely. For the dye bath, use 4 oz of Rit Liquid Dye for every 3 gallons of hot water.
  6. Dip both shibori-folded towels into the dye bath bucket and let sit for up to 30 minutes. The longer an item remains in the dye bath, the more intense the color will be.
  7. Remove the towels from the dye bath, and rinse them with cold water until the water runs clear.
  8. Use scissors to carefully remove rubber bands. Unfold the towels and hang to dry overnight.

Additional Materials: Dish detergent liquid, salt, and a spoon