Itajime Shibori is an ancient Japanese technique of decoration that consists of pleating, folding, clamping and dyeing fabric (in this case, cotton) and it can be used to create lovely repeat patterns. You can experiment with different densities of dye and different folding patterns.
Try taking the pleated strip of fabric and folding it into a series of triangles or squares each stacked on top of the others.
White cotton fabric
Dye for cold process Two large glass or plastic containers
2 equal pieces of wood or stainless steel
How to make it
Cut two pieces of cotton about 42 x 30 cm and pleat them, accordion style, pressing them as you go. They should end up resembling a fan. If you are going to make triangles or squares of your pleated fabric, make sure you are careful and create a neat stack, otherwise you will get an uneven result. Then place the folded fabric between two equal pieces of wood or stainless steel and clamp it tightly with a clip. Dip the fabric in a bowl of cold water while preparing the dye bath (made by adding a few drops of dye to cold water). Then dip the fabric into the bath and stir constantly so that the fabric is impregnated. Remove the fabric from the bath periodically, depending what strength you wish to achieve. Remove the clamp and the wooden/stainless steel pieces carefully. Rinse the fabric several times in plenty of cold water. Let the fabrics dry in the shade. Before using them, iron them, with steam, and remember to iron them on the reverse to fix the colour.