DIFFERENT FOLDING TECHNIQUES IN TIE & DYE

AUTHOR: MEENAKSHI HARSHANA

During a research programme on tie and dye in collage we figured out different ways of folding the fabric, for tie and dye, get the beautiful tie and dye effect. We came across many new techniques on how to fold the fabric. Today in this article I will share with you how you can create different pattern with different folding methods.

P.S – There is no particular method it’s all about creating with free mind, playing with colours and be creative. In this article the process of dyeing is not mentioned. To know about the dyeing process read more on http://www.fashiondesignscope.com/?p=5606.

Stripes:  Roll the fabric very loosely, foaming a long tube. The stripes will be at right angles to the tube. Tie at one inch intervals as far apart as you want the stripes to run. Loop impermeable bands or thread strings around the tube a few times and knot. Make sure the ties are very tight. Now you can immerse the fabric in tie and dye water.

Random Circles:  The random circles effect is made by tying knots with string, thread or elastic bands in different places. The more fabric is tied, the larger the circles. The less fabric that is tied, the smaller the circles..

Spirals:

Spiral fabric involve  pleats of fabric arranged in swirls around a central point, gathered into a round bundle. Different wedges of the circular bundle are usually dyed different colours. Lay the fabric out on a flat surface. Place your thumb and fingers together on the cloth where you want the centre of the design to be. Start twisting so that you create a spiral. After each twist, flatten the fabric so that it stays flat. Be careful so that the folds don't rise or lump up. Bring the loose ends into the circle so it looks like you have a pancake. Secure with bands or string so they intersect, like spokes on a wheel. The spiral pattern takes a lot of practice. Trial and error is the best way to learn to tie dye. Make sure you're satisfied before you place the fabric into the dye. To make it little easy for the first attempt follow the direction in the picture.

Crumpled:  Lay the shirt flat on your work surface and gather it up into random wrinkles by spreading your fingers out and crumpling it up in a disc shape. You want to expose as much of the t-shirt to the dye as you can so make sure there are lots of little folds and wrinkles. When you have finished crumpling, wrap 3 or 4  imperable bands around the shirt. Apply dye randomly to the shirt using the squirt bottles. I used a combination of blue and pink for this shirt, but you could use several other colours as well.

Lightning Bolt:

Lay dampened shirt flat, face down. Smooth out any wrinkles, and align seams. Fold shirt in half vertically, again smoothing out wrinkles and aligning sides. Starting about the middle of the chest, fold shirt up to about the bottom of the sleeve,  From about half-way between the bottom of the fold and the hem of the shirt, create another fold and bring it up to slightly overlap the first fold, Using a straight edge and a washable fabric marker, draw a diagonal line from a point between the neck and the sleeve to just above the hem, Starting at the bottom of the diagonal line, form accordion folds keeping the line straight as you go up to the shoulder. Accordion folds will be bulky due to the thicknesses of the horizontal folds. Use cotton string, sinew or rubber bands to secure the accordion folds from the line over toward the sleeve.