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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

May 17, 2017

Project Description

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! The Kanoko style is one of the easier Shibori techniques to duplicate because it is the most similar to tie-dyeing. Plus, it only requires some twine. Learn how to achieve this look below!


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 15 minutesI

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You'll Also Need

  •   4 Gallon Pot

  •   Dishwashing Liquid

  •   Large Metal Spoon

  •   Twine

  •   Salt

Step By Step

  1. Gather supplies.

  2. Pre-wash fabric with detergent, rinse and leave wet.

  3. To create a traditional Kanoko pattern, pinch the center portion of the fabric and hold it in the air, letting the 4 corners drop.

  4. About ½” from the pinched center, wrap towel tightly with a rubber band.

  5. Continue by wrapping cotton twine in a crisscross pattern down the length of the fabric. Pattern will vary based on the spacing and wrapping of the twine. This will result in a long fabric wrapped with cotton twine.

  6. 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.

  7. For cotton fabrics, add 1 cup of salt to dyebath. This helps to intensify the color.

  8. Add a squirt of liquid dish detergent.

  9. Stir well.

  10. Shake dye bottles. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ cup Denim Blue dye.

  11. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of Navy dye.

  12. Stir well.

  13. 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.

  14. Immerse wrapped fabric into the dyebath. 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.

  15. When desired color is achieved, remove the wrapped fabric from the dyebath. Squeeze off excess dye. Do not remove cotton twine.

  16. 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.

  17. Stir well.

  18. Place dyed wrapped fabric into the bath.

  19. 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.

  20. Enjoy!




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