Arashi Shibori Pleated Scarves

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.

Then, I wrap a cord around the pipe about 3/4″ apart.

Once wrapped for about 6″ to a foot, I smush the scarf down the pipe to create the pleats.

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.

The pipe is then steamed, rinsed, washed and immersed in vinegar, steamed, rinsed, washed and left to dry on the pipe. Once it is dry, I take it off the pipe, I have to also remove the strings.

Then I pull the scarf apart to view the final work.

It is a lot of work between hauling the pipes around and carrying the various buckets!

If you would like to see these in person, please visit me at Winterfair in Columbus or visit my Etsy shop.

4 Replies to “Arashi Shibori Pleated Scarves”

  1. It’s a lot of work but the outcome is well worth it. Besides, if it were not a lot of work, then maybe you would not put the detail or concentration into it and the outcome would not please you. I paint on silk using Gutta to keep the dyes in their proper places but I really would like to give myself a try with your process. Keep up the good work. Janis

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