If you’re looking for a way to bid adieu to 2020 while having tonnes of fun, we have just the activity for you. Presenting the Tie-Dye DIY, where you colour a t-shirt or any other white garment of your choice into patterns as random, crazy and different as 2020. You can look at it a souvenir from 2020!
While reincarnation of human is a matter of fiction, but it can be a reality in the case of your old white t-shirt. We guarantee you that with this DIY.
For safety and accessibility reasons, we are limiting this DIY to just yellow colour, with the use of turmeric. You can experiment with other colours too if they’re available to you. So if you don’t have a white t-shirt to spare, you can also take a black t-shirt and ti-dye it using bleach. You can easily find bleach in your use. It is advised to take the help of an adult while using bleach..
Did you know?
The scientific name of turmeric is curcuma longa. Apart from being used in food, turmeric is also known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and dyeing properties. In fact, turmeric has been used as a dyeing agent for a very long time. Archaeological evidence shows that dyeing with turmeric was a widespread industrial enterprise in India, Egypt and Mesopotamia around the third millennium BC. It is also used as a colouring agent in cheese, butter and other foods. In the 1870s, chemists discovered turmeric’s orange-yellow root powder turned reddish-brown when exposed to alkalines. This led to the development of turmeric paper, a variation of the litmus paper to test for alkalinity. It is also known as Curcuma paper.
So let’s gear up and begin dyeing right away, because any day is a good day to dye hard!
2 tbsp turmeric
1 cup salt
1 litre water
White cotton t-shirt/handkerchief/any other cotton garment of your choice
1 large pot
You can wear this reincarnated t-shirt of yours or even gift it to your friends and family. And the best part is how simple and amusing it is. “It’s virtually impossible to tie-dye incorrectly,” says textile artist Shabd Simon-Alexander, author of Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It. And just as the name of her book suggests we urge you to – dye it, wear it and share your Tie-Dye DIY experience with us in the comment section below!
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