Fabric Art: Tie and Dye





Introduction: Fabric Art: Tie and Dye

About: I love to create and I love to share ideas, so here we are!

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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31 Discussions

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~


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

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

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

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!

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.

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


2 years ago


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

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

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


2 years ago

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

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

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