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Shibori Cloth Dyeing with Indigo Dye

Yvonne Warren and Students Shibori Dyeing

A day in early spring, my students and I decided to try out our foray into Cloth Dyeing. We had a beautiful day with the sun shining and the weather was perfect. We donned our aprons and gloves and set out to make some gorgeous, creative, and relaxing art. 

As I stated in my last post: 
Shibori Cloth Dyeing is an easy and peaceful way to art therapy, Shibori dyeing has been in the news and on the fashion floor. It is an excellent time to make these fabrics because they can then be made into other objects.

The colors of white to indigo blue, and all the colors in between, are perfect for the holidays of May, June, and July. Adding blue and white to your home and clothing fashions becomes so much easier with these beautiful fabrics. 

Ripples and ThreadRipples and Threads

When you look at the ripples-and-threads picture of the cloth we made that day, does this picture remind you of the sea on a breezy day?
Marbles & Rocks Make Flowers

Or this one where we used rocks and marbles to create blue and white flowers?

And this picture of diamonds would look fabulous with your best blue jeans and sparkly earrings. 

Diamonds and Blue Jeans

Diamonds in Indigo

History of Indigo

Indigo was considered a luxury product to the Greeks and Romans, as it had to travel far during the ancient times. Even in the Middle Ages it was still pretty rare a commodity that only changed once a direct trade route with India occurred.

Use increased and ultimately made its way to North America. Traditionally, jeans were dyed a blue color using natural indigo dye. The indigo dye has had a colorful history and a dark past. 

All these different blues remind me of the true root to indigo, a rich and deep color that Isaac Newton stated is the sixth of the seven colors of the rainbow. Indigo dye originated in Southeast Asia, India, and Egypt as well as in Peru. Actually, the oldest known fabric dyed indigo dates to 6,000 years ago and was discovered in Huaca Prieta, Peru. Just goes to show you that the dye can stick around for a long time if done right! 

Check out the pictures and I hope to see you at my class on April 24th. Let’s create some beautiful and long lasting Shibori Dyed fabrics together.