The ancient art of tie-dye fully developed in Japan between 552 and 794 A.D., and other cultures in Asia and Central America utilised the method of tie-dye before they began weaving clothing. Tie-dye prospered in North America during the 1920s and was used to decorate the home and clothing. The practice of tie-dying materials remains prolific among North Americans, and its popularity has lead to the development of easy tie-dye kits and tips on how to create intricate designs. Beginners learn the basic process of tie-dye by following simple instructions.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Plastic covering
- White cotton T-shirt
- Washing machine
- Washing powder
- Rubber bands
- Plastic gloves
- 2-gallon bucket
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Soda ash
- Stirring spoon
- Drying rack
- Squirt bottles
Cover your work surface with plastic.
Wash the T-shirt but don't dry it. Lay the T-shirt flat on your work surface.
Twist the arms and wrap rubber bands around them. Hold the ends of the T-shirt and twist it into a rope. Place rubber bands around the middle and the ends of the T-shirt to maintain the twist.
Put on plastic gloves. Pour 1 gallon warm water into the bucket and add 1/2 cup soda ash. Mix the solution with the spoon.
Submerge the T-shirt in the solution.
Take the T-shirt out of the solution once it is fully saturated and ring the water out. Place the T-shirt on the drying rack until it is dry.
Soda Ash Solution
Place the funnel on top of the squirt bottle. Pour 473ml water and 1 tbsp dye into the bottle--continue to use the same mix ratio until the bottle is full. Shake the bottle to mix the dye.
Make different colours using the process described in Step 1.
Place the T-shirt on the plastic-covered work surface. Choose a dye colour and squirt it onto various sections of the T-shirt. Use many different colours to make a colourful design.
Place the T-shirt on the drying rack and let it dry for at least 12 hours.
Unwrap the T-shirt. Wash it in hot water with 1/2 cup of detergent in the washing machine. Dry the T-shirt in the dryer.
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