Introduction: Fabric Art: Tie and Dye

This Indian technique of tie and dye is called “Bandhini”, which means “to tie” in Sanskrit. It involves tying the fabric with a thread tightly then dying it, leaving the tied portion without colour. I am sharing here some photos of the process as I did this art!

Step 1: You Would Need

A cotton dyeable cloth, some string, and many small round beads. I used dry yellow peas because they were the perfect size I needed, you could use anything else, round stones work as well!

Step 2: Tie the Beads

Before I started I doubled the fabric so that the effect would come on both the ends. Now take the bead which you have, wrap it around the doubled cloth and tie the string around it as securely as possible. Show a bit of muscle here, because later when you dye the cloth you don’t want the dye to reach the cloth. This will create your Bandhini effect. You don’t have to knot the string after every bead, just take the same yarn to the next bead and keep continuing.

Step 3: Continue Tying, Create a Pattern

Now that you know the technique of tying, wrap the beads all along the cloth in what ever formation you like. You can create a new design every time. This is how I tied my beads. After 5-6 hours of hard work I was done! All that pulling had given me boils on my fingers. But I was very exited to see it being dyed now

Step 4: Finish the Design

Here are some more pictures of the beads tied to the cloth. See how pretty they look tied together! Also how it looks from behind.

Step 5: Die the Fabric

I had envisioned a progressively receding pattern, hence I decided to give the fabric ombre dying effect. I did not completely dye the fabric but only its ends.

Step 6: Open the Yarn

Here is how it looked after being colored. After it was dry, all was left was to rip the thread off the fabric. The best part ever!

Step 7: We Are Done!

Step 8: Time to Start, Make It Yourself

See how pretty the effect looks finally. Now go ahead and try it, its worth all the effort.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2016-01-27

This is such a beautiful garment~ It tickled me that you won~ I have not tried dying fabric but this instructables sure has inspired me to give it a try someday. thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a great 2016~

sunshiine~

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-27

Thanks a lot Sunshiine, i hope you do try it one day. Have a great year ahead! :)

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ajaiswal10 made it!(author)2016-01-25

thnx a lot .i am a student of h.sci of class 11. i think its my luck that i have found this instructable the next day i got the assignment. here is my tie and dye of bandhini print

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-26

Wow! This looks so pretty :D Glad i could help, best of luck. Thanks for posting.

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Renarde+Rousse made it!(author)2016-01-10

Really beautiful. On first glance, I though it was sequence sewn to the scarf. Good job!

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rrjane011749 made it!(author)2016-01-12

Sorry, but it is impossible to sew sequence, but you can sew sequins. Check your dictionary.

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msdrpepper made it!(author)2016-01-25

Ah Renarde was likely using her phone and the silly spellcheck substituted sequence for sequins!! My silly phone does that all the time! I apparently read it as sequins because I also was thinking sequins, and caught the "sequence" mistake later. This is a great Instructables and I have "favorited" it. (Wrong word, but I am using it!). And actually, a fee pale sequins in amongst the rings left from where the peas were sewn in would really add a nice sparkly finish to the overall effect (but would require MORE hand sewing after the dye was dry.). Bravo!

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Renarde+Rousse made it!(author)2016-01-15

You're completey right rrjane011749. Funny things is, is that I did actually look in the dictionary and I still got it wrong! Thanks for your constructive criticism.

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giorgia14 made it!(author)2016-01-10

Yeah me too!

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-10

Thanks :) would love it , if you give it a go as well!

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MaryJ38 made it!(author)2016-01-13

What great work you do! Now that I see the time (and blisters) it takes to make these scarves, I understand the cost!

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impied made it!(author)2016-01-12

Beautiful!

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merapunzel made it!(author)2016-01-12

very interesting technique, I will have to give it a try!

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-12

Sure thing! Send images once you are done :D

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pattybehr52 made it!(author)2016-01-12

This is so beautiful and unusual! I hope to try it sometime.

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giorgia14 made it!(author)2016-01-10

It's amazing! And you worked really hard on this!

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co2h2o made it!(author)2016-01-09

You had me up until the 5-6 hours and blistered fingers. It is insanely gorgeous though! I have some round, chickpea sized pie weights that are the perfect size for this. It's truly beautiful and what a great instructable. I especially love your last step.

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-09

Thanks a lot :) I am so eager to see pictures of your work, I hope you post them too! :D

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Magzzee made it!(author)2016-01-07

Love it SO beautiful! TYSM.

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-07

:) I hope you give it a try. Best of luck

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nell137 made it!(author)2016-01-05

wow, that's amazing! so much work, but a beautiful result!

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tangytinge made it!(author)2016-01-06

Thanks a lot nell!

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WUVIE made it!(author)2015-12-17

Nice, very nice! You certainly have my vote! Good luck!

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tangytinge made it!(author)2015-12-17

Thanks a lot :)

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grrlwriter made it!(author)2015-12-12

This is so gorgeous! I can't wait to make this. Also, thank you for the fabulous instructions!

Do you know anything about the type of dye that was used? I'm curious as to what I can get her in the States.

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tangytinge made it!(author)2015-12-12

Thanks grrlwriter! please try this and let me know :)
I had used an industrial dye which requires heat to become permanent. But you can try: Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes (without hot water) or iDye for Natural and Poly Fabrics (with hot water) or something similar.

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grrlwriter made it!(author)2015-12-12

Thanks so much! I've now heard from several people that Dharma is the way to go. Their colors are STUNNING.

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tangytinge made it!(author)2015-12-13

Best of luck! Do share the results when you are done :)

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dinesh+kumar+c made it!(author)2015-12-11

welcome... and share your link to your page.. BTW awesome i'ble

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tangytinge made it!(author)2015-12-11

Alright! Thanks Dinesh :)

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DIY+Hacks+and+How+Tos made it!(author)2015-12-10

Wow. That is a great tie dye effect.

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tangytinge made it!(author)2015-12-10

Thanks :)

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