This weeks blog comes from one of our fashion interns Olivia Miller. She is showing is a dying technique using bleach. Enjoy!
Shibori is the term used to described Japanese resist dyeing techniques that date back to the 8th century. Using both stitch and clamp resist methods, these techniques greatly resemble modern tie dye.
This tutorial shows how you can achieve Shibori-style patterns on your own jeans.
For this project you will need:
- Two Buckets/tubs (deep enough to fill with enough water to fully submerge your denim)
- Rubber bands
- Protective gloves
. Begin by gathering all of your materials. I would recommend doing this outside, and wearing old clothes in case of spills.
2. Lay out your jeans on a flat surface, and start twisting small bundles of the jeans, while making sure to keep the front and back of the pant legs separate. This will enable you to create twists on both sides of the jean. Try to create a variety of sizes of twists to create more visual interest. Use the rubber bands to secure the twists you create. You can experiment with overlapping the rubber bands, and using bands with different thicknesses.
3. Once you are satisfied with how you have bundled your jeans, you are ready to bleach.
4. Fill your bucket with enough water so that your jeans will be completely submerged. The exact amount of water/bleach you use does not matter, HOWEVER, you should have a 1:1 ratio of bleach to water. If you have too much bleach, it will eat away at the denim.
5. Thoroughly stir the bleach and water mixture. While wearing your gloves, add your jeans to the bucket, and let the jeans soak. The amount of time depends on how light you want the jeans to become. If you have a denim that has a pre-applied wash, it will take a little longer for the bleach to penetrate the fabric. Periodically check your jeans until they have reached your desired shade.
6. When you’re happy with how your jeans look, remove them from the bleach and water mixture, and move them into a second bucket filled with only water. Remove the rubber bands (you may want to have a pair of scissors handy), and let the jeans soak in the water. Gently agitate the denim, in orde to help remove some of the bleach. If your jeans are washing machine safe, then you can skip this step, and just rinse them in your machine.
7. After removing the jeans from the washing machine or bucket, hang them up and let them air dry. You may want to repeat the washing process to help remove the bleach scent.
There you have it! There’s no right or wrong way to do this process, so feel free to mix it up, experiment, and have fun!