Textile Dyeing – Tie Dye

Textile Dyeing – Tie Dye


Tie Dyeing is a technique which has been around for more than 6000 years. Tie dye remains popular today as it is a relative easy technique that is fast and effective. Various interesting patterns are attainable and many colours can be used for this technique.

Materials needed for Tie Dyeing:

1. Firstly your garment of fabric.
2. A suitable and good quality fabric dye.
3. A bowl on which the dying process will be carried out.
4. Gloves to protect your hands.
5. An Elastic Band or String, to create the tie dyeing effect.
6. A Fixing element like Sodium Carbonate.

The Tie Dyeing Process:

Step 1:
Pre-treatment requires that all natural impurities or any other chemicals should be washed out of the garment or material you would like to tie dye.

Step 2:
After all of the existing impurities are removed from the garment or material it should be left to dry.

Step 3:
Use your Elastic Band or String and tie it randomly wherever you need a desired tie dye effect on the garment. To do it just lay the garment or fabric on a flat work surface and fold and tie it from the edge or wherever you want to create the effect.

Step 4:
Now place the tied garments in a container with hot water with added Sodium Carbonate and dissolved dye. Leave garment for approximately 20 minutes.

Step 5:
Hang the garment or fabric to dry for about 24 hours for the colour to set. Wash it well to remove any excess dye.

Step 6
Repeat steps 2 to 5 for each different colour you would like to add.