Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing

I started getting interested in shibori when I was doing some “internet research” for an Alabama Chanin style project.  Although I love the look of AC-style garments, I couldn’t help worry about looking like I was wearing my farm clothes rather than something that had taken countless hours to create.  Country Chic in a farming community is very hard to pull off.  I kept being drawn to images of Japanese textiles using shibori or sashiko in a very controlled way.   Here are some examples  of what appealed to me. Continue reading “Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing”

T-shirt Project: Mokume shibori

Proenza Schouler tie dye t-shirt This project started off looking for a way to knock-off this Proenza Schouler t-shirt.  It is a tie-dyed t-shirt retailing around AU$400 on ShopStyle.  I just hope that most of the cost was involved in the labour to make the t-shirt, rather than the label.

My initial thoughts on how to replicate the patterning was to make horizontal accordion folds and then place rubber bands every 1- 1 .5”.  The dye would need to be applied in stripes, with a couple of contrast stripes thrown in.  My previous attempts at this type of tie-dye hadn’t worked very well, so I thought I’d have a look at a shibori technique called Mokume (woodgrain).  It is a stitched resist form of dyeing and creates patterns like you find in  ripples of sand at the beach. Continue reading “T-shirt Project: Mokume shibori”