There was a time when I would have said with some confidence that I'd never wear tie-dye again. As a child of hippies, I wore a fair amount of tie-dye when I was a kid (I also wore Birkenstocks, another thing I used to think I'd never wear again), so I always associated it with a kind of unsophisticated style. To be fair, the kind I wore probably deserved that reputation. It usually consisted or a rainbow of hues spiraling in on themselves.
However, a couple of years ago, I saw how understated and chic Japanese shibori technique could look. This was a whole different approach to tie-dye. I think the key is a simple color palate, like white an indigo, and a stark, repetitive pattern.
Last year I bought this silk shibori maxi dress, which I've worn over and over again. But, when I found myself wanting a silk shibori scarf, I realized I should make my own. I already had a plain white silk scarf that I wasn't wearing but couldn't bring myself to get ride of, so I turned it into a circle scarf by stitching two sides together and dyed it using some Rit dye and a double accordion fold. I'm loving the final product.
Check out this blog post for step-by-step directions to several traditional Japanese shibori folding techniques. For my accordion fold, I followed the directions for the itejime technique but without inserting a flat object to block the dye.
In other news, I want to thank Independent Fashion Bloggers for featuring me in their weekly roundup. See the full list below.
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