Literally, «tie, dye» is a technique that combines several methods of dyeing the fabric – the pattern on it is obtained by winding, creating knots, folding, or compression of areas of fabrics. This is one of the oldest dyeing techniques, which was used back in ancient India and China. Another round of Tai Dai popularity came in the 60s with the hippie culture, and later – in the 90s (not without the help of grunge and rave culture).
Selection of fabrics
We advise you to give preference to light shades of cotton. The perfect option will be to take white things.
The Internet is filled with a variety of paints for fabrics. Choose those paints that are created for tie-dye. You can find them in many needlework and hobby stores, including online stores. Do not neglect to read the instructions – this will help you to achieve the desired and long-term effect and do not damage the fabric.
Think about everything you need. In addition to paint and stuff, you will need a container for the experiment. A large pot will be enough. If you plan to use more than one color, it is better to have more than one container so that you don’t have to wash it again after each use.
Additional arsenal to fix the knots is also needed, such as hair elastic bands or threads. All manipulations with dyes should be carried out with gloves; also you can protect the apartment from paint splashes – do everything in the bathroom and lay down litter.
The amount of water should be added according to the instructions, but it is important to remember that the larger the amount is – the more pastel pattern will turn out.
How the patterns are made
There are hundreds of techniques that help to achieve different patterns. Pinterest and Youtube are filled with different pictures and videos: twisting, tying, using auxiliary objects from cardboards to dry flowers. The easiest way to do this for the first time is to twist large and small amounts of fabric. The larger the knot – the larger the pattern will be.
It is better to dry the dyed item when it is still rolled up so that the pattern is printed as accurately as possible. Usually, the dyed item is completely dried within 24 hours. It is better to wash things at low temperatures after coloring.