Design '95 Meeting - September 9, 2000
Velvet Arashi, a type of Shibori Dyeing

Arashi is a method of pleated resist for producing stripes.
(hosted by Amy with technical guidance by Larkin)



  • Silk/rayon velvet - online sources:  Dharma, Thai Silks
  • PVC Pipe
  • Chemicals - all available from Dharma
  • Procion Dye
  • Sodium Alginate
  • Urea
  • Soda Ash
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Paper towels
  • Masking tape
  • Kitchen string
  • Plastic or glass utensils reserved for dyeing:  dishpan, measuring spoons, 1 quart measuring bowl
  • Plastic or glass mixing bowl, 1 1/2 quart, for sodium alginate (can be used for food afterwards)
  • Gallon jug
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Plastic knives or other stir sticks
  • Foam brushes
  • Spray Bottle
  • Kitchen plastic wrap
  • Synthrapol

  • Here is a book suggested by Larkin.
    It addresses Arashi starting on page 123, and also in additional notes on page 288.
    The link below takes you to
    If you then buy it from them, PNNAG gets 15%.

    Shibori:  The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing
    Authors:  Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellogg Rice, Jane Barton
    ISBN:  4-7700-2399-5

    Now available in paperback for $48.00 retail, Amazon has it for $38.40.
    It was $95.00 in hardcover.


    Prepare the Fabric
    For this run the baggies were only massaged for about five minutes.
    Color could be made more uniform by massaging the baggies longer.

    Secure the fabric on the pipe

    After this point, it's easier to work with another person.

    Larkin's Pipe
    Top to bottom: 
    red velvet,
    green velvet,
    twisted mustard habotai,
    aqua habotai,
    red habotai
    Iona & Heidi's Pipe
    Top to bottom:
    green velvet,
    turquoise velvet,
    green velvet,
    purple dupioni,
    white fiber
    Amy's Pipe
    finished velvet scarves from Dharma with the fringe cut off, pre-dyed


    Apply the Dye

    Pipe with dye on it

    Pleated, tied piece of fabric with dye on it



    Amy's Scarves
    (Originally yellow through turquoise)
    Yellow - diagonal wrap, forest dye
    Lime - horizontal wrap, forest dye
    Grass - horizontal wrap, leftover mystery dye
    Emerald - bundled & tied, black dye
    Turquoise - horizontal wrap, deep purple dye

    Larkin's Fabric
    Habotai, chiffon, muslin
    Muslin, habotai, habotai
    Silk/Rayon Velvet

    Marilyn's Velvet & Fibers
    Iona's Velvet
    Heidi's Fabric
    Dupioni, Velvet, Velvet, Velvet


    Here is a web page showing really really cool examples of shibori:
    Clothworks, Phil D. Jones

    Here is a web page showing shibori on sheers & some very detailed patterns:
    Carter Smith

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