Patterns Of Colour: Tie dye

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Tie dye is essentially the art of extending the life of old pieces of clothing by adding patterns of colour using bleach or dye and a couple ties.

The Japanese art of Shibori, a modern day tie dye has surged in popularity, due to the fact that people have engaged with their creative side during quarantine, restyling old garments from their wardrobes. Tie dye has appeared in both the 2019 and 2020 spring runways. The look itself has been worming its way back into fashion for many years.

The trend is once again all over our social media feeds, because it is such an accessible trend. It is easy to achieve as all it involves are a few rubber bands and dye or bleach. Different colour dyes can be purchased from DYLON Dyes.

Create your own patterns of colour using British brand, DYLON Dyes simple step by step guide below.

You will need:

  • DYLON hand dyes
  • A cotton T-shirt
  • 250g of Salt
  • Glass measuring jug
  • Large rubber bands
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic bottle

Step by step:

  1. First of all, wet the T-shirt, and squeeze out any remaining water. Leave damp.
  2. Bind sections of the T-shirt together tightly with rubber bands.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve the dye in 500ml of warm water in a measuring jug, mix 250g of salt and stir.
  4. Pour the mixture into a plastic bottle to allow easy application of the dye to the T-shirt.
  5. Repeat step 3 if using more than one colour dye.
  6. Rinse the measuring jug and place T-shirt inside.
  7. Carefully pour the dye mixture onto the T-shirt to create the desired tie dye look.
  8. leave T-shirt to soak for at least an hour
  9. Without untying, rinse T-shirt in cold water until the water runs clear. Untie and wash with warm water.
  10. Leave to dry, away from direct sunlight.

Tag us in your colourful creations on our Instagram using the hashtag #PatternsOfColour