What Is Tie-dye?

Sat Mar 26 09:33:24 CST 2022

What Is Tie-dye?

Tie-dyeing, also known as strangulation, is an ancient technique that uses ligation and dyeing, and it is also one of the traditional manual dyeing techniques in my country. According to historical records, as early as the Eastern Jin Dynasty, tie-dye-proof twisted valerian silk was produced in large quantities. At that time, twisted valerian products had relatively simple small clusters of patterns, such as butterflies, winter plums, and begonias; there were also whole patterns, such as white. "Caviar" with small dots, "Agate" with larger dots, and white spots with purple ground and white spots resemble the "Deer's fetus" of sika deer.

In the Northern and Southern Dynasties, tie-dye products were widely used in women’s clothing. In the "Sou Shen Postscript", there are records of "purple fur" (ie top) and "green skirt", and "purple fur" refers to "Deer Titus Valerian" pattern top. The Tang Dynasty was the heyday of my country's ancient culture, and twisted textiles were very popular and more common. In Tang poems, we can see that women’s popular outfits at that time were wearing "green bivalerian" and "flat-headed small flower and straw shoes." Stranded valerian silk with exquisite patterns was widely popular in the palace, and "green bivalerian dress" became the basic style of Tang Dynasty fashion. In the Northern Song Dynasty, valerian products were very popular in the Central Plains and northern regions.

Tie-dyeing is an ancient textile dyeing process in China. Dali calls it pimple flower cloth or pimple flower. The processing process is to fold and bind the fabric, or sew it, and then immerse it in the color paste for dyeing. The dyeing is with Radix isatidis and other natural plants, so there is no harm to human skin. The use of various binding techniques in tie-dyeing combined with a variety of dyeing techniques, the dyed patterns and patterns are changeable, with amazing artistic charm. Tie-dyeing has a history of about 1500 years in China. The earliest surviving object is the twisted printed silk from the Eastern Jin Dynasty. Tie-dyeing in the Tang Dynasty developed to its heyday, and the nobles wore twisted clothes and became fashionable. In the Northern Song Dynasty, due to the complicated production of tie-dyeing and a large amount of labor, the court once banned it, which led to the decline and even disappearance of tie-dyeing. But the ethnic minorities in the southwest border still retain this ancient skill.

In addition to China, India, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries also have tie-dye handicrafts. In the 1970s, tie-dyeing became a popular handicraft, widely used in clothing, ties, wall hangings, etc. Applying multiple knotting and multiple dyeing processes on the same fabric can develop the traditional tie-dyeing process from a single color to a multi-color effect.

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