In a method of coating a CMC fiber, a multiplicity of fiber tows aligned as a ribbon are simultaneously passed through a reactor and a flow of fiber coating reactant is passed though the reactor to coat the tow fibers. A coating system comprises a reactor chamber to accommodate a multiplicity of fiber tows passing along a path substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the chamber and a flow of fiber coating reactant and an aligning structure at an end of the chamber to maintain the multiplicity of fiber tows in a narrow, elongated ribbon configuration. An article comprises a multiplicity of fiber tows aligned in a longitudinal planar array in the form of a ribbon.
 This invention was first conceived or reduced to practice in the performance of work under contract DE-FC02-92CE41000 with the United States Department of Energy. The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention.