Shibori Dyed Silk Scarves

May 16 2018

Summer scarves are the perfect accessory. Simply adding one to a simple outfit can make it look and feel brand new. We dyed a few white scarves with our favorite shibori technique and colors. The silk absorbed the dye beautifully and the patterns look terrific. Learn how we did it below!

  • White Silk Scarves
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye (We Used Navy Blue, Charcoal Grey, Purple, Evening Blue and Aquamarine)
  • 4 Gallon Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Bands
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative (Recommended)
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. Prewash silk scarf, rinse and leave damp.
  3. Carefully scrunch up and/or fold scarf in various ways and wrap rubber bands around it to secure. The end pattern will depend on the placement of rubber bands and the way the scarf is scrunched up or folded.
  4. Fill dye container with 3 gallons of very hot tap water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to dyebath.
  5. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1/2 cup of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Dye in color of choice to water. Add a squirt of dish detergent to help promote level dying and stir.
  6. Test the color by dipping a piece of paper towel into dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  7. Immerse scarf bundle into dyebath for one to two minutes, moving it back and forth and up and down.
  8. Remove scarf from dyebath and squeeze off excess dye.
  9. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following instructions on bottle.
  10. Rinse scarf in cool water until rinse water runs clear.
  11. Hand wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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