This Japanese dyeing method is basically the adult version of your old '90s tie-dye T-shirts. There are many techniques for the folding and tying process -- far more than the three examples we use in our video -- but feel free to come up with your own variations for your Shibori tea towels.
What You'll Need
- Plastic sheet
- 5-gallon bucket with lid
- Indigo dye kit
- Wooden dowel
- Tea towels
- Wood blocks
- Rubber bands
To begin the dyeing process, use the dowel to mix the dye in the 5 gallon bucket, according to the package instructions. Cover with the lid and let sit. Fold your tea towels per our video guide, or try a creation of your own. Be sure to secure with a combination of rubber bands and wood blocks. Wet each of the folded and bound towels and gently wring out before dyeing.
Before dyeing towels, move the filmy foam layer out of the way. Dip each towel in the dye—the longer a towel is in, the deeper blue the indigo dye will appear—for the same amount of time for matching colors, or even try using an ombre technique, submerging the towel and slowly removing so that the end has a darker finish.
Remove towels from dye and let dry. When dry, remove rubber bands and blocks and unfold. Wash before use.