I’ve been ignoring this technique for some time because it often stands too close to the hippie corner. And I would never want to go there. The problem with tie dye is that, it has been a victim of too many awful t-shirts over the years (just google ‘tie dye shirts’ for some real time proof). It didn’t matter how how often I saw it in books, or came across it in Edo woodblock prints, I would just stay away. Until one day, I saw the photo of the cutest japanese girl wearing a scarf made entirely of Kumo Shibori. It looked divine!
So one night I cut up a piece of linen and designed a pattern for this technique. I started sewing, tying and some days later I was ready to dye it with indigo. This is how it all went:
The pattern is simple, geometrical and shows an intention, I like that. The dyeing bit also turned out really well, it was tight enough so the indigo didn’t bled inside. But, what I keep thinking is, is this technique commercially viable? I first thought this after spending hours untying it, and thought: NO. Even a small piece takes forever to make.
Now, I think it’s absolutely worth it for the artist/designer/maker, I personally am very satisfied. But will anyone pay what it’s worth? With such a long turnaround, I suppose, only someone who appreciates the effort will, I know I would. So I suppose, what’s important here is, to know this technique has its limitations and they should be considered before embarking on a bigger project with it. I’m not only learning textiles here, you see 😉