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DIY Shibori with Indigo

Lenna Pettersson was a horticulture intern at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


  • Karen Logan September 20, 2018

    Help! My first shibori came out great on regular cotton fabric. Then I dyed two very large pieces of linen. They sucked up the dye very quickly and I didn’t realize it. Now there is hardly any pattern on either one of them. Can I use RIT Color Remover and do a reverse pattern? I know not to use actual bleach on linen. I’d like to save these pieces!

  • Lenna April 9, 2018

    I have not tried making my own dried indigo extract yet, though I will be planting some indigo seedlings to grow this spring now that I have a yard!  For this article, I purchased natural indigo extract online from Dharma Trading. This might be the best way to start out if you are a beginner.

  • Paula Silver March 27, 2018

    This is a wonderful, encouraging article but needs a paragraph on making the indigo extract to be complete.

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