Today I'd like to show you some fabric I dyed with the tie&dye technique. You might be familiar with the hippie version of this technique, very popular for dyeing T-shirts. The most common thing is to tie the T-shirt into a big knot and to immerse it into the dye. The exposed fabric will take the dye while the fabric inside the knot will resist it and keep the original colour. This way you usually get a spiral or round shaped pattern. In this course we wanted to go a bit further so we looked for inspiration in places where this technique is traditional, like Japan and some parts of Africa. 
In Japan it is called shibori and the dyeing resistance is achieved in different ways: you can wrap small portions of the fabric with thread, which gives you a series of dots that create a pattern, you can fold or pleat the fabric and then clamp it...etc. The level of sophistication of this practice is amazing. The short video below gives you a quick overview on these techniques. You can watch the following parts in YouTube
Now that you are so curious about shibori you can watch a short documentary here, followed by this
Here you can see how I prepared the fabric. I pleated and ironed it and them clamped it with pegs. 
The first picture in this post is the result of this particular technique, as it is the fabric pictured below.
You can use other things to clamp the fabric, as long as they hold the fabric tight and prevent the dye to penetrate in certain areas.

Instead, a more organic effect is achieved by folding the fabric by hand and wrapping it with thread, cords, rubber bands or whatever you want to use. The pictures below are examples of this.
Here is a fabric I dyed this way and the screenprinted an abstract motif on top of it.


  1. so lovely! i really love the color choices.

    xo Alison

  2. these look fantastic laura , especially love last one .... and your new necklaces are great too....beautifully modelled