Pattern Occurring 101 - Tie-dye

This summer we have an intern from the Seattle Children's Theater staying with us. She and her fellow interns had a Tie-Dye party last weekend. I was so impressed. Come On Now Get Your Pattern Occurring! Woop Woop!

Tie-dye is a process of tying and dyeing a piece of fabric or cloth which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton T- Shirts here in Seattle. It seems to be a trend that comes back time and again.  It is a modern version of traditional dyeing methods used in many cultures throughout the world such as shibori in Japan. Tie-dyeing is accomplished by folding the material into a pattern, and binding it with string or rubber bands. Dye is then applied to only parts of the material. The ties prevent the entire material from being dyed. Designs are formed by applying different colors of dyes to different sections of the wet fabric. Once complete, the material is rinsed, and the dye is set. Then you are ready for any folk festival on the West Coast! TA DA! Here is a cute video to show you the process.  Now go play with pattern.

Pattern Occurring 101- Indigo

Yesterday I spoke about the fantastic packaging for Starbucks Kati Kati blend and It started me thinking about indigo dyeing.  Here is a super little video about the indigo dyeing process.  Shame you can't experience the pong! 

Indigo is one of the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. Many Asian countries, such as India, China, Japan and South East Asia have used indigo dyeing for centuries. It was first farmed on a commercial level in India and It was a luxury item imported to the Mediterranean from India by Arab merchants. The Romans used indigo as a pigment for painting and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Because of its high value as a trading commodity, indigo was often referred to as Blue Gold.