Indigo Shibori

Magically transform fabric into custom textiles featuring patterns of rich royal blue and crisp contrasting white. Shibori is the Japanese art of folding and binding fabric in different patterns, then dipping in an indigo vat. The folded areas remain bright white and the rest of the fabric turns beautiful shades of rich royal blue. 

This DIY kit is packed with everything you need to create your own unique textiles, including two tea towels to get you started, over 20 different 'manipulations' for the fabric, and all of the ingredients to produce your dye vat. Our indigo recipe is specially formulated to produce deep royal blue shades every time and the vat is ample for dyeing 5 pounds of fabric (about 20 adult t-shirts or equivalent).

Our step-by-step guide and accompanying video walk you through important details like how to:

  • Mix your indigo vat
  • Fold your fabric, including a demonstration of various techniques and manipulations
  • Dye your fabric to the perfect shade of indigo
  • Care for your vat so you can continue dyeing until the indigo is used up
This kit contains: 
  • 1 package of indigo pigment
  • 1 package of fructose powder 
  • 1 package of calcium hydroxide 
  • 2 flour sack towels for dyeing
  • Assorted folding 'manipulations' for creating different patterns, including:
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Wooden blocks
    • Rubber bands
    • Clothes pins
    • Hemp twine
  • Latex gloves
  • A detailed instructional video
  • Our master recipe and instructions
Things you will need at home:
  • Two 5-gallon buckets with at least one lid
  • Approximately 4 gallons of hot water
  • Face mask to wear while mixing the vat
  • A large paint stir stick 
  • A wooden spoon 
  • One plastic Tupperware 
  • Rubber gloves (optional) - the latex gloves included will protect your hands, but you can also use longer rubber gloves or just go au natural (the indigo will temporarily dye your hands!)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Any other materials you'd like to dye! Use only natural fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp and pre-wash the fabric to help make it ready to accept dye.
  • $60.00