This is my improvised take on Arashi Shibori, an ancient Japanese tie-dyeing technique involving wrapping the fabric around a pole on the diagonal, wrapping with string, and bunching the fabric down the pole. I haphazardly wrapped the fabric around lengths of twisted up garbage bag “pole” so that the entire thing would fit coiled in a stock pot. I did not bunch the fabric down the garbage bag because it proved impossible to do so. Wet canvas is heavy and stiff!
Tied up and twisted raw undyed canvas
I wanted to go traditional and use indigo dye but was out of a key ingredient, and I was impatient to get it done that day. So instead I went with Procion MX, a cold water fibre reactive dye, in a similar blue.
Fresh out of the dye bath
With the string bindings removed
Unfurled canvas in all its glory
Closeup of the dyed canvas