Rit x Nike: Kumo Shibori

December 7 2023

When going in circles gets you somewhere. 🔁 Bound like a spider to reveal a web-like pattern, it’s no wonder that Kumo Shibori translates to “spider tie-dye”—do you see the resemblance? 🕸️👀


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  • Nike x Rit Shibori DIY Kit
  • Plastic Table cover
  • Fabric Pencil
  • Container for Dyeing
  • Salt
  • Dish Soap
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber gloves
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  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Prewash your cotton hoodie and leave it damp
  3. Trace circles randomly onto your damp hoodie using a small bowl and fabric pencil
  4. Pinch the center of each circle and gather the remainder so that the traced areas line up. Secure with rubber band.
  5. Starting at the rubber banded area, tightly wrap thread around the gathered fabric in a crisscross pattern and
  6. Remember that the pattern will vary based on the spacing and tension of the thread.
  7. Once hoodie is all bound, set aside and prepare the dyebath.
  8. Fill container with 3 gallons of hot water, ideally 140F or hotter.
  9. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and carefully add it to the dyebath.
  10. Add 1 cup of salt and 1 tsp of dish soap.
  11. Pour 1/2 cup of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Indigo Dye and stir.
  12. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath.
  13. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
  14. Submerge bound hoodie and patches into dyebath.
  15. For a high contrast pattern, keep the bound hoodie in the dyebath for 5-10 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, keep the bound fabric in the dyebath for 10-20 minutes.
  16. Remove from dyebath and rinse hoodie in warm water then cool water until rinse water runs clear.
  17. Remove the rubber bands and thread bindings to reveal the kumo pattern.
  18. Wash in cold water and air dry.
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