Introduction of Tie-Dye | How to Tie Dye on Fabric? | Procedure of Tie Dyeing

Tie-dye is a process of resist dyeing textiles or clothing which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; typically using bright colors. It is a modern version of traditional dyeing methods used in many cultures throughout the world. "Tie-dye" can also describe the resulting pattern or an item which features this pattern.

Why Tie?
The whole point of tie dyeing is to prevent the dye from reaching the fabric evenly. Any place that the dye can't reach will stay white, or a lighter color, of course. The gradations of color from intense to light can be beautiful. You can accomplish this by folding the fabric, tieing it with string, using rubber bands, etc.

Another reason to tie is that it makes each garment of piece of cloth a small, neat bundle--much easier to handle if you have a lot to do. If you don't tie, but just apply the dye directly, you need more space and can do fewer garments or pieces of fabric at a time.

Materials Needs for Tie-Dye: 
  • Dyes – buy them at the craft store 
  • White T-shirt or cotton material 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Plastic Bag  
  • Plastic Tubs
How to Tie Dye?
Fold a piece of clothing in vertical pleats, and you'll end up with horizontal stripes. Horizontal pleats result in vertical stripes (more slimming, you know). Diagonal pleats make a nice effect. Stitch a loose basting stitch in any shape you like, then pull the threads tight for another form of tie-dyeing that can have really cool results. For concentric circles, grab the cloth where you want the center to be, and pull, until you've more or less made a long tube of the garment, then apply rubber bands at intervals along the fabric. I also like the "scrunch" pattern, made by crumpling the fabric very evenly, so that ultimately it makes a nice flat disk when held with rubber bands. 

Tie-dyed Fabric
Tie dye procedure are given below as shortly:
1) Roll up t-shirt or cotton material in any type of design using rubber bands to hold it in place
2) Prepare dyes in buckets
3) Dip the first rubber band section in one
of your dye colors
4) Continue dying the shirt until you run
out of white sections.
5) Place the tshirt in a ziplock bag and let
sit for 24 hours
6) Remove rubber bands and hang dry
7) Wash with cold saltwater and check out your new GROOVY creation!!

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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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