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Shibori Cloth Dyeing an Easy Peaceful Way to Art Therapy

One of the most creative, colorful trends this spring is the pastel colors and shibori cloth dyeing. This cloth dyeing method, especially the Kanoko shibori, is similar to what we think of as tie-dyeing.

Some of the cloths during a dyeing session

Making Something Old New Again

I know that there are some older tee-shirts and sweatshirts that are around the house. What if you gave them a new look with a dyeing method such as shibori in a hot, new pastel color? As you can see here, I have dyed a bunch of different fabrics to create something new.

And with spring upon us, this method of cloth dyeing gives you time for art therapy and a meditative process.  

The Fashion World Becomes Crafty

This trend of creating your own tie-dye clothing especially during the pandemic has been talked about in the fashion news. None other than Martha Stewart and Harper’s Bazaar have remarked about the fashion of tie-dyeing. The BBC reported that major fashion houses are reimagining dyed fabrics in their latest collections for 2021.

The fruity pastels, of peaches, apricots, grapes, and berries are perfect options for spring and summer. They enhance a wide variety of skin tones and accessories. From heuritech, a trend forecaster is the idea and culture or subculture of “craftcore”, a crafty, handmade look. This past year has shown us how crafty we can be and the trend continues with fashion houses getting in on the act.

Crafty elements of patchworks and dyed clothing are part of the fashions that designers are using this year. They have looked at what we did at home and decided it was perfect for the looks of now.

Upcycling with Blue Creations

Upcycling is also very on-trend, and what better way to be part of the trend is to use it is through shibori cloth dyeing. This technique will continue to be popular throughout the spring and summer. I believe it will continue to be popular into the next year.

The fact that you can use blues with white to create patterns that work with your jeans or dresses is calming and peaceful. The blues of summer, of oceans and skies, mixed with white, will make all of your creations perfect for this year.

I am teaching a class on April 24, 2021, on Shibori Cloth Dyeing at 11 am. We will enjoy the spring together, outside and under the trees. You will learn how to create patterns and textures in fabric using a variety of traditional methods to make unusual and useful cloths for your next project. Class size is limited, and you can sign up here.