This piece is inspired by the beautiful plumage of the Indian peafowl, mimicking the way in which it displays its tail feathers to woo potential partners.
The folding technique used is called the fan fold or semi-circle fold. The easiest way to do it is to first trace a half-circle on the edge of the shirt using a round object and a washable marker.
Following the line, pleat the fabric in an arc until the whole piece is folded. Bind it with rubber bands to keep it in place.
To dye this shirt, apply the dyes successively next to each other, using the sections between the rubber bands as your guide.
The secret to this technique is to stagger the dye on the underside of the shirt. Instead of placing the dye directly in line with the top side, place it in-between two sections.
Red, Black, Benitoite
𝐈𝐧-𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐢𝐞-𝐝𝐲𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
👕 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐢𝐞-𝐝𝐲𝐞 𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 👕
𝟏) 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭
Start with a clean 100% cotton blank white shirt.
Soak the shirt in water then wring it out. Leave it slightly damp.
𝟐) 𝐌𝐢𝐱 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐲𝐞𝐬
Using 8oz (230ml) bottles
Measure and add your dye powder first.
Add 1 teaspoon of soda ash to the bottle.
Fill the bottle with water and shake well.
Don’t mix too much at one time – the solution only stays good for a few hours.
𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 – 𝐃𝐲𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲
Pastel – 1/20 tsp (0,1g)
Soft – 1/8 tsp (1g)
Medium – 1/2 tsp (4g)
Strong – 1 tsp (8g)
Powerful – 2 tsp (16g)
𝟑) 𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭
Choose your favorite technique and follow the folding process.
Pleat, crumple, and fold your way to success.
When you’re done, bind the shirt using rubber bands or string to secure it in place.
𝟒) 𝐃𝐲𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭
Using your dye bottle, apply the dye gently over the shirt. Use your favorite technique or let loose your creativity, there’s no wrong way to do it!
𝟓) 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐲𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐭
Leave the shirt in a warm room. The dye reacts better at a temperature of 70°F (20°C) or more.
Let the dye react for 8 hours or overnight.
𝟔) 𝐑𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭
Rinse your shirt in the sink under cold running water. Open up the shirt while rinsing. Continue rinsing and washing by hand until the shirt stops bleeding.
Soak the shirt in warm water to remove any remaining dye.
𝟕) 𝐖𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭
Machine wash the shirt by itself or with other tie-dye shirts for the first wash.
Cold wash with a small amount of detergent.
After the first time, you can wash your tie-dye shirt with other pieces of clothing.