Tie-dye is a resist dyeing method. The dye is prevented from reaching the areas of fabric which are tightly bound with either elastic bands or string, or by tying the fabric in a knot.
Fancy getting the rubber gloves out? You will need:
Here's how to tie-dye:
1. Make a solution of soda ash dissolved in warm tap water. This is what will set the dye on the fabric and is an essential step. You will need 20g soda ash per litre of water and approximately 2 litres of water for every 100g of dry fabric.
2. Soak the fabric in the bucket of soda ash solution until saturated. Remove, squeeze out excess liquid and allow to dry.
3. Prepare the fabric to be dyed by making sections of the material impermeable to the dye solution. Bind string or wrap elastic bands tightly around the fabric. Ensure the ties are as tight and secure as possible. Here are examples of simple methods for tying the fabric:
4. Prepare the dyes. Pour 150ml of hot tap water into a squeeze bottle and add 2-4 teaspoons of dye powder. Shake the bottle until fully dissolved. Repeat for each colour of dye.