People from all walks of life, and of all ages, can now learn how to easily tie dye cloth and various clothing items as a creative hobby or pastime. This has been made all the more easier with the availability of online, written or dvd tie dye instruction materials.

The best kind of dyes to use when tie dyeing are fiber reactive dyes such as Procion MX Dyes. It’s best not to use the more commonly available Rit dyes as these aren’t as permanent and, will need to be allowed to ‘set’ and simmer in the fabric for 30 minutes for each separate color.

 

Procion fiber reactive dyes, however, only require that you to use them at room temperature (between 70 – 100 F) and need to ‘set’ by letting the piece of fabric or freshly dyed clothing to remain damp with the dye for around 24 hours (or longer depending on how strong you want your colors to be).

Tie Dye Instruction – Learning to Tie Dye

Learning how to tie dye is both quick and simple. There are basically 5 steps in any tie dyeing process, but remember to put on your safety equipment (goggles, rubber or latex gloves and, a good quality face mask) before you start using the sodium carbonate.

1. Prepare your natural fiber fabric (cellulosic fiber – no wools or protein based fiber apart from silk) by washing or soaking it in a sodium carbonate solution to prepare the material to take the dye colors.

2. Mix your Procion MX Dye powders with just a little water (to the amount recommended on the package’s instructions) to produce a dye concentrate for easier control/different effects and usage. You can, of course, make a regular dye solution with the full amount of water along with the correct amount of sodium carbonate if you’d prefer.

3. Implement which ever tie dye techniques you’d like to use following the tie dye instructions from your online, book or dvd/video source. Carefully tie your fabric or garment in the way required to achieve the effect you’re looking for using rubber bands, dental floss or other strong thin string.

4. Apply your chosen dye colors, store your article in an airtight container or ziploc style bag and, let the dye set for at least 24 hours

5. Wash out excess dye with cold water, and wash again twice more with a hot water wash cycle (using Synthrapol to keep the colors separate), followed each time with rinsing.

Following these basic tie dye instructions and experimenting with simple tie dye techniques will help you discover just how easy and fun tie dyeing can be.

 

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1.Knit your own natural, hand-dyed luxurious silk shawls, scarves and wraps as birthday gifts and holiday gifts! Include a recycled paper card letting your special someone know that their gift was hand-knit and hand-dyed using natural dyes made with love from your very own garden or local farmer’s market!

2.Revive your wardrobe. Everyone has something white or pastel that they cannot wear because of some annoying food or beverage stain. Instead of pitching it, bring it back to life! Revitalize it with some homemade natural dye (and have fun doing it!)

3.Knitting shawls, scarves or comfy-cosy wraps as gifts is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care. Use undyed silk, wool, cashmere or silk/wool blend yarn and dye it in a natural dye of your choosing. Your loved ones will love it and the environment will thank you for it!

4.Add some passion to your bedroom curtains and dye them naturally with pomegranate, beet or mangosteen. You can even mix a little indigo in with any one of the above to create some purple passion!

5.Transform a stained white or pastel tablecloth into something beautiful again! Choose a dark-colored natural dye made from indigo, walnut hulls, pomegranate, beet or mangosteen so your next stains won’t be as visible!

6.Gather your old shawls, scarves, sarongs, sheets, dresses, t-shirts, towels and tablecloths and transform them into creative works of art! Using your own handmade natural dyes, you can make prayer flags, holiday flags, wall hangings, tapestries, wall art and more.

7.Get creative in your art space at home and at work. Make natural dyes for use in fabric art, dyeing canvas, batik art and whatever else inspires you. The possibilities are endless!

8.Go Green in the classroom! Take your class on a field trip to the local botanical garden, farmer’s market or nursery and select your plants for natural dyeing. Prepare natural dyes together as a class, bottle them up and use them to make safe, environmentally friendly arts & crafts projects and holiday gifts.

9.Get creative with your kids over summer vacation! Make your own natural dyes as a family and use them to make cool, tie-dye t-shirts that are colorful, safe and environmentally friendly!

10.Design your eco-friendly clothes or accessories line! Buy undyed organic cotton, hemp or bamboo fabric and dye them with your own natural dyes. You can even reuse patches of old fabric and dye it with a complimentary color, creating a textured, patchwork look to your design.

Incredibly Handmade is a one of a kind shopping site with gorgeous hand-woven shawls, scarves, handcrafted beaded and handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, handmade bags, unique embroidered fabric purses and other handmade accessories and ethnic crafts from around the world. Many of these ethnic accessories are handmade by hilltribe people such as the Mien, Karen and Hmong scattered throughout mountainous regions of Asia. Many hours go into the making of these unusual, one of a kind pieces. In buying handmade accessories, our customers preserve the art of traditional, cultural handicrafts while supporting talented artisans all over the world.

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The creatively coined term “hippie” comes from the word “hip” and is jazz slang for the word “hipster”, which was coined during the 1940’s. As years passed, “hippie” was used to refer to many different people or groups of people. However, the term had a long history, and was only accepted as a common and usual word in 1967.

No matter who it refers to, however, the term “hippie” remains true to its original meaning. It refers to a person or a group who belongs to a certain social environment that sprang in the United States during the 1960’s. As the term continued to increase its popularity, the number of people who fit the description also grew considerably larger. Along with other movements, the “hippies” of the past became a counterculture, an entirely complete lifestyle that ruled the lives of its members in every aspect.

What the hippies lived for was to counter the dominant culture in the society with another culture that was somewhat more liberal. Their main purpose was to go against the realms of the society that is in place by rejecting it. Hippies were mostly on the opposing side of what had already established. They opposed nearly everything that is accepted by the society. Their oppositions were not negative. They were against nuclear weapons and wars. Their main doctrine revolved around love, peace, and freedom of self-expression, Hippies believed that there was more to life than what the norms state. This is why they opposed restrictions above all else. And in the spirit of opposition, they, in turn, promoted what the society is opposed to and what was dominant in the world. Examples of what they advocated were the liberal use of what they called “psychedelic drugs” and freedom of sexual expressions as well.

They also rallied for the environment, and most hippies were vegetarian. As an entire culture, they also had their own ways of expressing themselves through music and art. They maximized the use of these cultural tools in expressing what they believed in. Since they are also pro-peace, they do not engage in violence in demonstrating their views. Instead, they used other ways to be radical and to make their mark and be heard.

Two of the well-known forms of expressions that the hippies used are music and their clothing style. The hippie music, which revolved mostly around what was called “psychedelic rock” was one of the most popular ways of how these hippies lured people into their radical society. Their music also became popular.

Their clothing styles and the way they carried themselves, however, were more radical than their music. The hippies kept their hair long, regardless of gender. In breaking societal norms, they also chose to forego some of what people usually regard as necessities. Some hippies go braless and some go barefoot. They liked to use bright, bold colors to express freedom. They showed their independence through the unhindered use of colors and unusual clothes.

The hippies were the advocates of the bell-bottom pants, long flowing skirts, and peasant blouses. Another clothing trend that claimed popularity, not only during their time, but up to the present as well, are the tie-dyed t-shirts they used. To avoid supporting the corporate society, hippies liked designing and making their own clothes. The same is true with the tie-dyed theme. Tie-dyed shirts can easily be made at home, and they always come out differently every time. The colors would mix differently, and the patterns would be unique for each shirt.

As the society embraced the other hippie trends such as bell-bottom pants, long skirts, and peasant blouses, the tie-dyed shirts still stand out as truly hippie. It is still, up until now, closely associated to being a hippie. Tie-dyes shirts still remain a distinct symbol of being part of the hippie counterculture.

 

However, no matter how commercialized the hippie fashion statement may get, in truth, it is still closely linked with hippie values.

 

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