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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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Admiring the Setting Sun

The wind turbines at Gao Mei Wetlands

The wind turbines at Gao Mei Wetlands

Last week we brought the kids to Gao Mei Wetlands  at Taichung, Taiwan. It is my 2nd visit to the Wetlands as I previously visited the place  with R when I was there in April. This time around we brought the whole family there to enjoy the scenery  and watch the sunset.

The boys doing a jump shot for the camera

The boys doing a jump shot for the camera

The kids were happy to go crab and mud skipper spotting that afternoon and were looking forward to playing a round of  ” fastest eyes” to see how many sea creatures they could spot on the way.

The kids looking down from the boardwalk

The kids looking down from the boardwalk

They were fascinated to see mud skippers flipping around on the surface below the boardwalk.  I didn’t take a picture of the mud skipper as it was the same color as the greyish mud it was in.

A female crab

A female crab

I took pictures of the tiny crabs instead. This time we saw more female then male crabs around.

A male crab

A male crab

I guess that it is mating season at the moment as we were treated to a live crab fight while walking along the boardwalk.

Two crabs sparing against each other

Two crabs sparing against each other

It was really interesting watching the two crabs having a go at each other. They were chasing each other and planting jabs at one another. Most probably there was a potential mate waiting  at a distance for the victor of this fight.

Tiger Girl and me posing for a photo

Tiger Girl and me posing for a photo

The weather was really nice. It wasn’t as cold and there was a slight breeze.

A capture of the sun while walking on the boardwalk

A capture of the sun while walking on the boardwalk

It was high tide when we were at the wetlands so we didn’t see anyone going down to have a walk  this time.

The view we had while walking back to the carpark

The view we had while walking back to the carpark

Gao Mei Wetlands is certainly a lovely place to visit. A great place to soak in the scenery while watching the sunset.

Have you been sightseeing lately?

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