Dyeing Tips: Learn the Art of Tie and Dye @ Reward Me

A Look That Is to Dye for

If you’re hipper than hippies, try 8th century designs .


Many of us associate tie-dye with the hippie or peace and love movements. However, the art of dying cloth this way actually dates back to the 8th century in Japan, known as Shibori and since antiquity in India, known as Bandhani. The art was adopted in the 1960’ s after a clever marketer, Rit Dye, launched a campaign in New York, which saw Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin pick up the trend.

The Shibori method uses six main techniques to achieve intriguing patterns:

    • Miura (looped dying using needle and thread)
    • Kumo (pleating and binding for a spiderlike design)
    • Nui (threading and gathering cloth)
    • Itajime (sandwiching cloth between two pieces of wood)
    • Kanoko (tying around objects)
    • Arashi (pole wrapping).
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The Arashi Technique

Arashi is Japanese for ‘ ‘ storm ” and requires a decent-sized pole and some twine or wire to create a diagonal pattern that resembles heavy rain. (A thick piece of bamboo will also do the trick). Wrap the cloth diagonally around the pole (we used a cotton vest) and bind it, using garden wire, in a spiral around the pole. Scrunch up the fabric on the pole and submerge it in a bucket of dye. Leave the fabric scrunched up on the pole overnight to dry.

A_Look_That_Is_to_Dye A_Look_That_Is_to_Dye-2 Let's do the twist: Bind the cloth around a pole then submerge it in dye

Kanoko Technique

The other technique, Kanoko, requires using pebbles and rubber bands. Simply secure the fabric tightly around the pebbles using elastic bands, submerge it in the dye (using latex gloves to protect hands), and leave overnight to dry. The result is a repetitive circular design.

A_Look_That_Is_to_Dye A_Look_That_Is_to_Dye Doing the rounds: This method results in circular shapes.

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