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Tie-dye Shibori techniques

Tie-dye Shibori techniques

Shibori is the Japanese way of dyeing textile. There are countless ways to create the effect. Essentially, any way you can think of to fold, twist, stitch, or bind fabric before dyeing will achieve the look. For example using rope, elastic bands, clothespins, clamps, marbles etc.

What you need


  • All the textile you use should have at least 50% cotton.
  • It should be washed without fabric softener before applying the tie-dye paint.

Step 1

Wet the textile and wring it really well so it’s damp. In this way the paint will absorb better.

Step 1

Step 2

Lay out the textile and choose the technique you want to use: clamps, clothes pins or elastic bands.

Step 2

Elastic bands

Step 3

Make little swirls in the textile and tie together with the elastic bands. Add the colours tie-dye paint onto it and let absorb thoroughly.

Step 3 Elastic bands

Binder clips

Step 4

Fold the textile anyway you want and add some binder clips. Add the colours Tie dye paint onto it and let absorb thoroughly.

Step 4 Binder clips

Clothes pins

Step 5

Use an accordion fold and bind together using clothes pins. Add the colours Tie dye paint onto it and let absorb thoroughly.

Step 5 Clothes pins

Step 6

Now you have 2 options.

Option 1: Pastel look. Rinse the t-shirt until water is clear. Let the t-shirt dry. Then iron for 5 minutes to fixate. After that you can wash it on 40 degrees.

Option 2: Vibrant look. Let the t-shirt dry. Iron for 5 minutes to fixate. Then rinse under the tab until the water is clear. After that you can wash it on 40 degrees.


Step 6