Tie Dye – add a little bit of Hippy

13 Apr
Shibori, Karen Davies and Pepa Martin

Image sourced from D*

When I think of tie dye I have a flash back to student days where you had a cheap batik or tie dye sarong attached to the wall of some less than desirable student accommodation to hide the bulk painted magnolia and wood chip walls.

Whilst I would not want to suggest that everyone grab a pack of joss sticks and re live the 70’s, tie dye has been making a slow comeback in a very subtle and stylish way.  Like chocolate and a good bottle of wine, to give the desired effect it is perhaps at it’s best when used in moderation, giving a pretty up to date and funky look to your interior.

Here are some of my favourites:

Tie Dye Japanese Style

Images sourced from

Shibori is a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing.  Shibori artists would argue, however, that Shibori is much more of an art form and skill than the western terminology of “tie dye” would allude to.  In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used.

Sydney based duo Karen Davis and Pepa Martin have taken this ancient technique and moved it into the 21st century with their business Shibori.  The duo use their design training to work together with architects and interior designers and stylists to create very unique one off talking pieces. From cushions to corporate offices, parties to leather products nothing is off limits for the girls signature technique. (images below sourced from


From homewares (above) to commercial spaces in collaboration with Stylist Sibella Court at the Beresford in Sydney’s Surry Hills (below).  I just love the tie dye trunk.


For those of you who would like to have a go yourself the Shibori have an online site for tutorials which uses their dye product Di Da Vida.

How to add a little hippy to your home…..



Snowflake wallpaper by Maya Romanoff

Ink Blots Wallpaper by Porter Teleo
Dip Dye cushions by Melbourne based AURA – designer Tracie Ellis

45x45cm Dip Dye cushion Indigo

Or for those of you feeling inspired head off to for tips on how to make your own lamp and cushion.
On with the colourful journey…………..

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3 responses to “Tie Dye – add a little bit of Hippy

  1. This Sydney Life

    April 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    You have the best posts. Gorgeous! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      April 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you TSL, I am glad you enjoy reading about my ramblings. TSL doesn’t do so badly either you find some great little objects which I have filed away in my little blogosphere filing cabinet! 🙂


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