Natural tie dye

THH Difficulty level: Tedious-terry

Time taken:  about 2 hours to make the material

What you will need:

– Material of choice (I used a cheesecloth, but you can use any natural fabric like cotton, viscose or even silk)

– clean bucket

– 250g salt

– rubber bands if required (I just knotted the fabric itself)

– 2-3 spoons of tumeric powder

– a deep pot

– large wooden spatula or spoon

– a stove

1. In a bucket, fill water and dissolve the salt. Add the material and leave it to soak for 1 hour.

2. Squeeze the excess water from material and use rubber bands to tie knots around the fabric. I was too lazy so I just tied the material in different knots which worked as a pattern too but had a more faded effect than the rubber band method.

3. Fill a deep pot with water and dissolve tumeric powder. Boil the water and drop the material in the pot when the water boils. Stir at odd intervals for an hour or until desired colour is achieved. Tumeric often gets lighter with the sun and wash so I would recommend to keep it for longer as it fades in a few washes.

4. Drain the water and wash the material with cold water.

5. Let the material dry overnight and use as desired after. I made some summer dresses but you could make almost anything else with it too – a scarf, pillow case or even table serviettes.


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