I went through a creative phase a couple of years ago where I was trying out different surface design and printing techniques. One technique in particular I became exceedingly interested in was bleach-dyeing. This is also known as reverse tie-dyeing or discharge dyeing. The concept is essentially the opposite of tie-dyeing - instead of applying color to white fabric you are removing it from colored fabric. I wanted to revisit this type of dyeing and potentially utilize the fabric in a Wiksten Haori (shocker). I really loved the idea of blues and whites and picked up two different cotton fabrics to dye.
Some tips for doing this type of dyeing -
It’s important to use only 100% cotton as that is the only fabric that will react to the bleach itself. Anything with polyester and the color will not be removed.
Select colors that are dark enough to show the design - anything too light/pastel won’t be apparent enough.
You need to use a bleach thickener so that when you paint it on the fabric it doesn’t just ooze out and go everywhere. This is one the I used for this fabric.
Other than that, you pretty much just go to town and create some designs! Have fun with it, even some uneven designs will still look beautiful!