Japan Blue Indigo Dyeing Techniques: A Beginner’s Guide to Shibori Tie-Dyeing

Tuttle. Nov. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9784805316931. pap. $18.99. FIBER CRAFTS
Shibori is a Japanese tie-dyeing technique producing different patterns on a variety of fabrics. In this volume, versatile crafter Tsujioka, eco-weaver Hisako Rokkaku, and Seiwa (a Japanese company that manufactures dyes and tools for leathercrafting) present traditional methods and new interpretations of indigo dyeing techniques. In seven chapters, readers are provided with an overview, including a detailed introduction to the craft; fabric preparation; tools and supplies; safety precautions; and troubleshooting issues. Additional chapters focus on specific dye techniques, including Nui and Itajime shibori, plus other methods that can be used on all kinds of fabrics and items, such as shoes, dresses, tote bags, wood, and washi paper. Readers are also given clear instructions on how to create patterns with rubber bands, plastic bottles, hosiery, bleaching, sponging, silk-screening, stamping, stenciling, and wax-resist dyeing.
VERDICT This is a jam-packed volume filled with clear instructions and ample color photographs to help crafters master shibori tie-dyeing and incorporate it into their projects. Best suited for those who enjoy crafting, sewing, or designing clothes.
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