The origin of this technique are uncertain but proof that it is very old method of dying and producing design on fabric has been found among artifac in parts of the world where the fabric of early cultures have been preserved. Tie and dye may be applied to fabric directly or to yarn which is later woven as ikat Tie and dye is a resist method of dyeing like batic only. In this case, the areas the tied instead of being waved to resist the dye. Hence the areas which are tied keep the fabric from absorbing the dye bath. Tie and dye is a technique of gathering the fabric with running and overcast stitch to follow a preplanned design. Other effects are obtained to trying variousitems into the fabric.
The amount of dying that penetrates the cloth depends on how loosy or tightly the fabric has been bound and how long it has been left in dye bath. A beautiful effect of blending colors can result from tie and dipping again and again by tying new areas and dipping as many times as needed to shade from light to dark. Even if one knows how to mix colors it is best to first experiment with small pieces of sample cloth.
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