If you think tie-dye is all neon colors and Phish concerts, think again. There’s been a ground swell of modern tie-dye projects that are sophisticated, intriguing, and totally doable at home. Think tone-on-tone indigo pillows, ombre bed spreads, dip-dyed cards, and even pretty T-shirts that would be more at home on the streets of Soho than Woodstock.
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The force behind many of these projects is a resurgence of shibori, a Japanese-style tie-dying technique that involves wringing, pressing, folding, scrunching, and various other forms of manipulating fabric before dying it.
Fabric may be dyed more than once, but the end design features pleasing soft edges and a slightly crinkled appearance. Indigo is the most traditional color used in classic shibori, though modern makers are branching out with other color choices as they make this technique their own.
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But perhaps the best thing about this technique is that it can transform something as basic as a drop cloth or plain white pillow cover into something that friends will swear you bought at a pricey designer boutique. So whether you are looking to freshen up your wardrobe, add a burst of color to your home, or just want to let your creativity run free, consider this the inspiration you need.
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