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bomaki shibori – tutorial

Habotai silk scarf, hand-dyed using the japanese Bomaki Shibori technique

Habotai silk scarf, hand-dyed using the japanese Bomaki Shibori technique

bomaki shibori detail

and a glimpse into the process:

  • Take a silk scarf
  • fold and carefully roll (edit: wrap the fabric around.. I rolled the bottle along the fabric to wrap it) around a cylinder (ideally a PVC pipe) to create a snug fit (edit: I would not recommend using a wine bottle, but when in need I improvise! hehe)
  • hand stitch using a fine silk thread to create a ruffled edge
  • place a rubber band around the base of your cylinder
  • carefully compress the rolled fabric pressing down toward the rubber band.
  • place another rubber band at the top of the compressed fabric to hold it in place.

rolled, sewn and compressed

  • Set up your dye pot (..and please follow common safety precautions when dyeing – nasty stuff can happen if you don’t)

the dye pot – bomaki shibori

  • you can use any dye suitable for silk (protein fibre) acid dyes, indigo or other natural dyes etc..
  • the dye will penetrate depending on how tightly you have compressed the fabric
  • If you have it too tight, the dye will only remain on the outer layers, if you have it too loose, the entire piece will be dyed.
  • Follow the instructions for your particular dye and carefully check to see how much dye has penetrated the piece.
  • Feel free to manipulate the fabric to ensure better penetration.
  • Once you have finished dyeing the piece, rinse with syntrapol and let it dry completely while still on the cynlinder.
  • The texture will set in the silk. If you remove it from the cylinder before it is bone dry (24-72hours depending on your climate) the texture will be gone, but you will still have the pattern.
  • Enjoy.

texture detail – bomaki shibori