I just taught a workshop on shibori wrapping techniques and natural dyeing. Shibori wrapping is a Japanese technique of manipulating fabric by knotting, twisting, folding and binding prior to dyeing to create interesting
pattern design. There are endless ways to create pattern design and cloth can be wrapped and dyed several times to get more depth of color and dimension. Fabric can be wrapped with string, folded with clamps or clothes pins or stitched. Marbles can be used to create a tie dye patterns.
In this workshop we used the following dye baths:
Black Bean-cold dye bath, purple color
Hibiscus tea bath-steeped then brought to room temperature, (needs a mordant to fix). Pink color
Eucalyptus bath-simmering, light brownish green color
Avocado pit bath-simmering, brownish red color
I experimented with folding, wrapping and dyeing some silk that I had previously botanically printed as well as blank silk. We used raw silk, crepe de chine and charmuese.
Here are some samples of our work:
Silk organza shibori wrapped and dyed in black bean dye bath