Since we have such nice weather here in So Cal and there has been a lot of sun and heat here lately, it got me thinking. Could I use the sun to set my dye and pleats on the silk? So I tried it.
base dyed, pole wrapped, discharged, overdyed and bagged for solar steaming and pleat setting.
rubber banded at top & bottom. I turned the poles every so often to keep the heat uniform.
depending on the weather, they can get downright hot!
I re-used some heavy ziplock bags but then realized I could probably use these:
No steaming, less water and energy. No real time savings though. I also make an effort to re-use dyebath water when I can.
For example, when I dye light colors, I will do those first and use the exhausted dyebath again for a second darker color. Here in So Cal, we are always being reminded about water usage.
Poles are drying now and I’ll test the ribbon and report back.
Oh, and I updated the “buy shibori” page if you are interested.