Indigo and its place in Japanese culture has hugely influenced our Spring ’14 collection. In the second installment of our shibori indigo dye DIY our Director of Product Development, Tiffani Williams, shows us how to transform simple white shirts into completely original pieces. Learn a variation of techniques borrowed from Japanese history dating back to the 8th century. Visit part one for indigo preparation instruction and a variation of dyeing techniques using scarves.
Step 1: open your pot of indigo and remove the flower on the top. The flower is the layer of film that forms during the dye setting process.
Step 2: submerge whatever you are dyeing into the small pot of water
Step 3: submerge whatever you are dyeing into the indigo for several minutes. Lightly massage the indigo into your item so that it absorbs into all of the sections you would like it to. Don’t let your fabric sit on the bottom of the pot as there are particles that have settled and will create unevenness.
Step 4: remove dyed product from indigo
Step 5: remove any rubberbands, rocks, etc that were used for dyeing
Step 6: hang dry and allow all items to oxidize and dry
Note: the indigo liquid is actually a bright green. The fabric will turn more blue as you allow it to oxidize. If you are going for a dark indigo color, allow fabric to oxidize for 20 – 30 minutes and re-submerge in the indigo for a second time.
1) Arashi Shibori: Rubber Bands
Step 1: roll the shirt up tightly from sleeve to sleeve
Step 2: mark placement where you want white stripes to appear on the shirt with a pencil
Step 3: wrap rubber bands in places where you marked for stripes to appear
2) Kumo Shibori: Rocks
Step 1: place the rocks in the middle of a long sleeve tee
Step 2: wrap rocks individually on inside of shirt using rubber bands
Arashi Shibori: Rubber Bands
Step 1: unroll your yarn and fold it in half
Step 2: rubber band 6 times tightly
Written by: Tiffani Williams & Kate Koeller
Concepts by: Tiffani Williams
Photos by: Andrew Lee