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Our try at shibori dye

15 June 2016

Lately, we’ve seen lots of shibori dye—a centuries-old Japanese resist-dyeing technique. Our SOMMAR 2016 collection even has hints of it. We set our stylist Nathalie Kamkum on a shibori spree to see what she would dye. We hope the results inspire you to try, too!

A display of lots of different shibori dyed textiles like tablecloths, napkins, cushions, stools and room dividers in pink, green, blue and green.

“Shibori dye traditionally uses indigo on silk, hemp or cotton, but I played around with blue, green, pink and grey. ”

Nathalie Kamkum, stylist

To make different shibori dye patterns, you bind, stitch, fold, twist or compress fabric and then dip in dye. Nathalie tried out the techniques on cushion covers to spice up a sofa. Got old pillowcases or cushions? Experiment with them to find your favourite shibori look. 

Fabric that’s ready to be shibori dyed using compress, wrap, fold and binding techniques.
A close-up of different shibori dyed cushions in green and blue.
A hanging lampshade that’s mostly white with a bit of blue shibori dye on the bottom edges.

For big drama with less effort, cut corners like Nathalie did with this tablecloth. She bound part of the fabric and quickly dipped it in dye. Then she dyed the rest solid pink. Want wow with even less work? Use shibori on a bunch of cloth napkins.

A close up of a napkin ready for shibori dye using the bind technique.
A vanity desk with a shibori dyed stool in grey and a shibori dyed room divider in grey.

Like the look, but not ready for a big dye job? Nathalie still got striking results with some smaller furniture. You can remove and dye the cover from a stool or the fabric from a room divider. Pair the dyed pieces with similar, solid tones for even more pop!

Fabric about to be shibori dyed using the compress technique.
A close up of a stool with a removable fabric cover that’s been shibori dyed grey.
A close up of a room divider with removable fabric that’s been shibori dyed grey.

“Test different techniques on old bits of fabric first. Once you get the right technique, you’ll find it hard to stop!”
Nathalie Kamkum, stylist

Made by

Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Digital designer: Lasse Johansson
Copywriter: Marissa Frayer
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Editor: Linda Harkell