Tie & Dye Crafts at Indigo Dying House

Dying our creations
Dying our creations

During our holiday in Taiwan I brought the kids to try out various different crafting activities. Many of these activities are extremely expensive if it was done in Singapore and it was great that we could try out many different activities at an affordable price.

Indigo Dyeing House was one of the place which we visited. Located in Miaoli County  this  Dyeing house uses natural dies from plants to color their products.

The teacher explaining about the tie dye process
The teacher explaining about the tie dye process

Before we started on our crafting we had to choose the item we wanted to dye.  There were many different items which we could make ranging from lamp shades, handkerchiefs, bags or even scarfs. Tiger girl chose to make a scarf for her paternal grandmother while the  Monkey boy chose a handkerchief and Doggie boy a Strawberry  Bag.

The other side of the workshop
The other side of the workshop

The workshop was divided into two sections.  There were benches for the participants to do the tying of the material and the other section was where the dying took place.

The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make
The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make
The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces
The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces

The kids had to use the rubber band and sticks to tie the pattern that they wish to see on their pieces of art.

Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie
Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie

The patterns that were made on the cloths were done by using the chopsticks/ ice-creme sticks to block out certain parts of the cloth so that it is not stained by the dye.

I personally have taught Tie Dye during Art lessons in school but we never used natural dyes nor sticks in creating the patterns on the cloths. What we used were just rubber bands and marbles.

Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.
Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.

After each piece had been tied up it was time to dye it. We had to use aprons and gloves so that we wouldn’t get the dye onto our clothes. Each piece had to be soaked within the blue tie for 3 minutes before being giving it a rinsed. There had to be  3 rounds of soaking to ensure that the cloth absorbed enough of the dye.

The design on grandma's scarf
The design on grandma’s scarf
The design on Tiger girl's scarf
The design on Tiger girl’s scarf
Monkey boy's handkerchief
Monkey boy’s handkerchief
Doggie boy's Strawberry Bag
Doggie boy’s Strawberry Bag

Have you tried Tie Dye before?

卓也藍染 Indigo Dyeing House
No.1-9, Bengshanxia, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County 367, Taiwan
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23 thoughts on “Tie & Dye Crafts at Indigo Dying House”

  1. Your tye dye cloth is beautiful. Out here in the states we like to tye dye t-shirts with our children. We use rubber bands and make bright circle patterns on t-shirts. It is a lot of fun. Thanks for linking up for Wordless Wednesday. Have a great week!

  2. Great experience for the kids to do it in a bigger set-up and non-home based.

    Curious if the colour of the end product run-out when you do washing?

    1. It’s not that difficult. If you can’t get natural dyes can use food coloring to try. I’ve done it at home too with the kids. it’s all in the folding and tying to make the patterns. When you fold the cloth you have to make it like a paper fan so that the pattern will come out.

  3. I can imagine why this would be fun for kids. I see myself enjoying it too. It’s really nice to learn about this! The patterns are lovely!

  4. If I remember right, I tried dying when I was in the Elementary grade. It was part of our Home Economic subject. It’s nice that your kids tried dying and are exposed to various crafts. Would want my son to try crafting too.

  5. Omg I use to try and tie-dye all
    The tie when I was a kiddo. Always failed. So need to try again now that I’m older and know what I’m doing.

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