Shibori, meaning to wring, to squeeze and to press, is an ancient Japanese art of shaping cloth to create patterns and textures. Textile specialist Yuh Okano offers this simple shibori technique for a polyester chiffon scarf.
- Polyester chiffon or organza fabric, cut to the length of a scarf
- Small stones or beads
- Rubber bands
Wrap one of the stones or beads in the scarf; Yuh says it's better to do this at the end of the scarf than in the middle. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the stone, continuing to wrap until it's impossible to do so any more. Repeat with another stone, creating any sort of pattern you desire.
Holding both ends of the scarf, begin twisting until the scarf becomes a taut cable. Gather the scarf into a ball, and secure it as tightly as you can with a rubber band.
Fill the pressure cooker with about 3 cups of water, and place the scarf inside. With the cooker on medium, steam the scarf for 20 minutes. Turn the cooker off and allow to cool for another 20 minutes. Do not remove the lid until the pressure has dissipated; serious injury could result. Remove the scarf and allow it to dry. Carefully remove the rubber bands.
Stretch the scarf out to its full length and gather the ends, one in each hand, grasping the fabric about two inches under the bubbles. Twist the scarf again until it's tight. With an iron set on high, press the twisted scarf, being careful not to burn the fabric. Let the iron sit in one place on the scarf for about 10 seconds, then lift and move to the next spot.