Introduction to Shibori Tie Dyeing

A course by Carolina Raggio
Costume designer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined May 2019
, Costume designer

Create unique patterns and designs using different pleat and bind techniques

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (373)
  • 6402 students

Create unique patterns and designs using different pleat and bind techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (373)
  • 6402 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (1h 31m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Shibori is one of the oldest Japanese dyeing techniques, dating back to over 1300 years. It consists in creating textile patterns with a tie-dyeing method that creates unique hues and shapes, transforming it into a one-off piece.

Discover a multitude of Shibori dyeing techniques with Carolina Raggio, a Chilean costume designer that specializes in the technique, founder of her own-name clothing brand. Through practical exercises and Carolina’s guidance, you will create original designs and patterns to add to your textile projects.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Recognize and prepare materials
  • U3
    U3. Ties, seams and folds
  • U4
    U4. Dyeing, result and assembly of the samples
  • U5
    U5. Applying the technique
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Carolina, the projects she loves most, and how she started out. See some of her most representative work and get to know the artists that inspire her creations.

Learn all about Shibori, what it means, its origins, and the difference between the three tie-dyeing techniques: Batik, Ikat, and Shibori. Learn to recognize natural fibers and prepare them for dyeing. Understand pigments and their diverse range, as well as the other material you will use throughout the course.

In the next unit, see traditional American twisting and folding techniques, and other typical Japanese methods with stitches and pleats applied to the creation of a sample.

Proceed to dyeing the previously tied textile, bathe your textiles in the dye to later reveal the magic of your designs. Learn how to untie your piece and set up the display.

Finish your samples to move onto the different ways to present them and apply them to a garment, accessory, decoration, or textile art.

Then, apply what you have learned by creating a textile piece with your own style. Customize a cotton or natural fiber item, applying all the techniques you learned throughout the course.

What is this course's project?

Create a sample of Shibori tie-dyeing techniques and learn how to customize an unused item of clothing and turn it into a unique one-off piece.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For those who want to develop their creative, manual abilities, and amplify their knowledge in color, design, and textile techniques from different cultures

What you need

Previous knowledge is not required.

The materials or tools you’ll need are: 100% natural fiber fabrics, such as linen or cotton, an aniline dye of whichever color you want, a large pot, elastic bands or string, toothpicks, a needle, and thread.


6402 Students
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Carolina Raggio

A course by Carolina Raggio

Costume designer

Carolina Raggio is a Chilean costume designer, specializing in dyeing and creative direction for her brand Carolina Raggio. She launched her brand in 2002 and has been incorporating textile dyeing techniques to her creations to create patterns and colors to her work.

Her work is characterized by unique, hard-wearing, timeless pieces, for clothing and accessories. Her specialty is resist-dyeing, also known as Shibori.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Recognize and prepare materials

    • What is shibori?
    • Fiber recognition
    • Color theory applied to dyeing
    • materials
  • U3

    Ties, seams and folds

    • Moorings
    • Needle and thread techniques
    • Itajime folds
  • U4

    Dyeing, result and assembly of the samples

    • Starting to dye
    • The magic is revealed
    • Preparing the sample book
  • U5

    Applying the technique

    • Applying the technique
    • Other apps
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Shibori dyeing

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Introduction to Shibori Tie Dyeing. A Craft course by Carolina Raggio

Introduction to Shibori Tie Dyeing

A course by Carolina Raggio
Costume designer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined May 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (373)
  • 6402 students