Shibori with Indigo Dye
Shibori is a resist dyeing process that uses folding, stitching, binding, wrapping and pleating to create one of a kind patterns. The amount of time fabric is submerged makes the fabric more or less saturated with the plant based indigo dye. Dipping only parts of the folded or bound fabric will also create unique results. Use clothes pins, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, twine or even fabric wrapped around tubes or sticks.
After dipping and sometimes re-dipping the fabrics it is time to unfold and hang out to dry. The dye will slowly change from bright green to the deep dark indigo as the dye oxidizes. Once fully dry on the line, the pieces are rinsed clean and run through the dyer to preshrink the fabrics. Now they are ready to be transformed into bags.