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.
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 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 kids had to use the rubber band and sticks to tie the pattern that they wish to see on their pieces of art.
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.
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.
Have you tried Tie Dye before?
卓也藍染 Indigo Dyeing House
No.1-9, Bengshanxia, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County 367, Taiwan