Tie-and-dye is a way of creating pattern with fabric dye. It is a ‘resist’ process where parts of the fabric are tied, bound, knotted or seen so that the colour does not penetrate them when placed in the dye.
The tightness of the ties is crucial, as way of tie-dyeing is to gather up the piece o fabric to be dyed and to tie it wiith a piece of string. Tie-and-dye activities can be further developed through batik
Batik is a pattern or picture dyed into a piece of cloth. It is also a ‘resist’ process, where melted wax (under supervision) is brushed onto a piece of fabric.
The fabric is sometimes crumpled to make cracks in the dried wax. The cold dye will penetrate these exposed areas and create the textured effects for which the technique is noted.
When dry, the wax can be removed by covering the fabric with a sheet of brown wrapping paper or very old newspaper and ironing over it.
The wax may be brushed on haphazardly in initial experiments, but these should be followed by more carefully planned patterns and pictures.
Tools and implements can be designed as stamp motifs to create new and unusual textural effects.