indigo tote bags

I had a few days off from work this week. This gave me the opportunity to catch up on my list of “PHD” sewing and dyeing projects. By the way, the acronym for P.H.D, is piled high and deep. I made these tote bags using Shibori folded, stitched and clamped-resist techniques and then dyed them in indigo dye vat. I love the deep and rich blues of indigo dyes.

Indigo dyed denim tote bags made with Nui and Itajime Shibori techniques.

Nui or stitched Shibori technique

This tote bag is available for sale here.

another stitched Shibori technique in angular designs

Itajime Shibori, a clamp-resist fold technique

another clamp-resist fold technique

when removed from the dye vat, the air oxidizes the indigo from green to blue

the magic of indigo

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4 Responses to indigo tote bags

  1. Baukje says:

    I love them. They are large and very useful this way.


  2. taitaimah says:

    Very nice! They look great and a generous size. I am taking a workshop next week in Seattle with Joan Morris, fresh leaf indigo and shibori. Up until now have been, self taught.


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