White & Lime Yellow Tie & Dye Sleeveless Tunic

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White & Lime Yellow Tie & Dye Sleeveless Tunic



Measurements: Small: Shoulder – 14”, Bust - 36”, Waist – 33"

Medium: Shoulder – 15”, Bust - 38”, Waist – 36"




The Story

Tie and dye is a modern term invented in 1960’s for a set of ancient resist dyeing techniques, and typically involves patterning fabric by tying parts of it in different ways to prevent penetration of dyes. The ‘resist’ is the tying and twisting of the fabric before the dyeing process. The contemporary tie and dye styles involve the use of bold patterns and bright colors, and is especially associated with psychedelic designs, which is actually the whole wave that popularized the designs in the 60’s and the 70’s.

But the origins of this craft can be dated back to almost 6th century AD, in the east, particularly China, India and Indonesia. This craft was also in existence in the 5th century in South America and Africa. Presently, it is believed that tie and dye was brought to Kutch, India from Sindh by Muslim Khatris who are still the largest community involved with the craft. Commercially, fabrics which are primarily used are muslin, handloom, silk and voile, although in current times, the cheap and easy availability of dyes and tie and dye kits make it possible for people to customize anything with this technique.

Generally, bright colors are dominant like yellow, red, green, maroon etc, and for a long time, vegetable dyes were used but which are these days increasingly getting replaced by chemical dyes. Some of the basic dyes, which are used across mostly all sub categories of tie and dye are – vat dyes, direct dyes, napthol dyes and procion dyes.

The Process

Tie-dyeing is essentially a process of folding or otherwise tying up fabric into a pattern, then blocking dye from coming into contact with the fabric. The "resist" is usually the string, thread or rubber bands. Once the material is dyed and/or over-dyed, the binding materials are removed, and the fabric is rinsed and dried. In India, 'bandhna' a local term is used, giving rise to the bandhani or leheriya which have now been a centre for tie & dye resist craft forms. Despite the fact that tie and dye is such a varied craft, the raw materials used for it are essentially the same. 

There are multiple ways by which different patterns of tie and dye can be obtained, hence, tie and dye is classified into three broad categories:

i)                    Either the warp or the weft is tied and dyed- single Ikat, Mashru

ii)                   Both the warp and the weft are tied and dyed- Double Ikat, patola

iii)                 The fabric is tied and dyed- Bandhani, lehariya, Shibori

In tie and dye, the technique and the process is of overwhelming importance and the process, although relatively simple is very time consuming, and goes according to the following steps. Fabric like cotton or georgette is taken and the area of the fabric to be dyed is is outlined using fugitive colours (colours which have a short life), and a clear, thin sheet of plastic with holes is kept over this area of fabric and an imprint of the desired area is transferred on to the fabric. The craftsperson then pulls on a small area of the fabric where each is placed & winds thread tightly around the protruding cloth to form a knot or bhindi. The thread generally used is nylon thread. Once the knots are tied, the fabric is washed to remove the imprint, and the cloth is then dipped in napthol for five minutes and dyed in yellow or another light colour for two minutes. Next, it is rinsed, squeezed, tied, dried and then dipped again in a darker colour. Without opening the knots, it is kept for three to four hours to allow the colour to soak in. (During the process, the small area beneath the thread resists the dye, leaving an undyed knot which is the bandhini dot.) After the last dyeing process is completed, the fabric is washed and if necessary starched. Once the fabric is dried, its folds are pulled apart in a particular way releasing the knots and revealing the pattern, which is usually deep coloured cloth with dots of various colours forming a pattern.

About Me: Rangsutra works with various producer groups across the country and each group is skilled with unique characteristic techniques. Using the traditional techniques of embroidery, weaving and printing and incorporating traditional motifs the range of apparel is developed in beautiful contemporary and modern styles.

Measurements: Small: Shoulder – 14”, Bust - 36”, Waist – 33"

Medium: Shoulder – 15”, Bust - 38”, Waist – 36"

Care: Dry clean only

Color: Lime , White, Yellow

Material: Cotton: 100% Natural

Weight: 195 Grams

Craft Process: Tie Resist Dyeing

Craft Region: Rajasthan: Pokharan

Theme: Hand Loom, Hand Made, Hand Woven, 100% Genuine

Shipping & Delivery: You can expect this product to be delivered to you within 6 - 9 working days from the date of your order.

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