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:
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.
After all of the existing impurities are removed from the garment or material it should be left to dry.
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.
Now place the tied garments in a container with hot water with added Sodium Carbonate and dissolved dye. Leave garment for approximately 20 minutes.
Hang the garment or fabric to dry for about 24 hours for the colour to set. Wash it well to remove any excess dye.
Repeat steps 2 to 5 for each different colour you would like to add.