This is a short guide on how I dye my Arashi Shibori Pleated scarves. The colors of the photos are off since I took a lot of them in the basement which doesn’t have a lot of light. If you are interested in this form of shibori, I would suggest taking a class (Shibori Girl), watching a video (Ana Lisa Hedstrom has a DVD out that I am saving up for) or reading a book (Shibori by Karren Brito is where I learned the technique).
First I soak the blank scarves in a citric acid solution and then I apply dye in a ruched fashion. I steam the scarf to set the initial dyes. After rinsing and washing, I let the scarves damp dry and then press them to get ready for the pole wrapping step.
First I wrap the pressed scarf around a PVC pipe.
I stick the pipe in water and then use a discharge chemical to remove some of the previous dye. Discharging this way creates new colors. After discharging, the pipe is set in cold water and the scarf is washed. It goes into a citric acid bath. Then dye is applied either by dripping or using a foam paint brush.
If you would like to see these in person, please visit me at Winterfair in Columbus or visit my Etsy shop.