By Rit Dye Team
May 17, 2017
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. We call it a fancy version of tie-dye! Arashi is the Japanese term for “storm. It’s also known as the pole-wrapping technique. This style of shibori isn't seen as often because it requires cutting a pole or PVC pipe but it's just as easy as any other shibori technique and the results are beautiful - often resembling water waves. Learn how to achieve this look below!
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
PVC Pipe (or Similar Width Pipe) Cut to About 2 Feet
4 Gallon Pot
Large Metal Spoon
Step By Step
To create a traditional Arashi pattern, accordion fold or "fan fold" the length of the fabric in 3” to 4” wide folds. This will form a long rectangle. To get more pattern variations, vary the size and width of the folds.
Fill large dye container with 3 gallons very hot water tap water (140F). If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a cook pot or teapot.
Test dye color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye (add more Navy for a darker blue); if color is too dark, add more water.
Immerse wrapped fabric into the dyebath. If the PVC pipe is too long to fit in the dyebath, use a measuring cup to pour dye over the fabric. For a high contrast pattern, keep the wrapped fabric in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the wrapped fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. Add four tablespoons of ColorStay Dye Fixative to there gallons of hot water.
Rinse wrapped fabric in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear. Carefully remove wood blocks and rubber bands; unfold the fabric. Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent by hand or in your washing machine with an old towel, rinse and dry.