DIY: Shibori Indigo Dying

Below is a step by step of the ancient art of hand dying clothes with natural pigments. Join us (Fayettechill + Mom & Pop Shoppe) on Thursday, August 17th from 5-8p as we offer instructions & space to turn old fabrics into new gems or new tees into one-of-a-kinds. All event details + ticket options available on our Facebook Event Page.

Shibori is an ancient Japanese word that means “to create patterns in fabric with dye”. This primitive skill has been around for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. It's a great way to upcycle pieces of dull white clothing/fabric that we all have laying around. Not to mention an opportunity to channel ancient ancestral energy and create a unique one-of-a-kind piece!  


  • an indigo dye kit (find one here)
  • natural fiber clothing/fabric for dying (cotton, hemp, silk, wool, etc) 
  • rubber gloves 
  • rubber bands
  • twine
  • a long wooden stick
  • scissors

Step 1:

Mix the dye as instructed in your indigo kit, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. 

Step 2:

While you wait, begin to fold, twist, and/or knot your clothing! Don't be afraid to get crazy, and also remember that wherever you bind the fabric this area will be white. Click here to learn about the different types of shibori patterning! 

Step 3:

After the dye has set for 15 minutes, there should be a metallic sheen in the bucket. Use a long wooden stick to stir it up and then place the fabric in. The longer it sits, the darker it gets. For deep indigo, I would suggest 45 minutes to an hour.  After desired color has been reached, remove it and let it sit with the bindings still attached. 

Step 4:

Discover what you created!

Pictured here is "arashi, the Japanese word for storm and also the name for the pole-wrapping shibori technique. To enjoy and learn this technique + countless others, come hang with us at our upcoming shibori dye night over at Mom & Pop Shoppe!


DIY Provided by Sadie Virginia, @spirit_heeler, Fayetteville, AR local, yoga teacher, moon goddess, dog mamma, and small business owner of Mom & Pop Shoppe.

1 comment

  • Susan Odell

    Are you making cloth face masks and selling them retail?
    Looks like we’ll be wearing them for awhile so I’m looking for some interesting ones that are also protective.
    Tks for a reply
    I live just down the road from you in the AR river valley
    Have a beautiful day

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