I hope that all my second graders' moms enjoyed receiving their handmade gifts today! I was inspired by this post from New City Arts and knew it would be a perfect fit for my Asian art unit in second grade. http://newcityarts.blogspot.com/2012/05/third-grade-shibori.html Shibori is a fabric dyeing technique that involves folding and binding the cloth before it is dipped in traditional indigo dye. There are many techniques that can be used - we tried three different folds - the flag fold (triangles), the fan or accordion fold, and the dowel roll.
Each one is bound, traditionally with knotted string, but we used rubber bands; also wooden clothespins or Popsicle sticks help with the binding. The kids wet their cloth before dunking in the dye, then we let them dry in the sun. The cloth looks greenish when it first comes out, then it begins to tun blue as it dries.
The following week we unwrapped, ironed, and folded them for presentation - each one is totally unique and beautiful tones of indigo. I can imagine these worn as neck scarves, hair wraps, belts or even table runners. Enjoy moms!
This is one of the flag folds:
This is a fan fold:
This is a dowel roll, which reminds me of rain clouds: