A few weeks ago I was reading an issue of MujerHoy magazine, and I found an article about Isabel Marant. There were some photos of one of her collections, I think it was spring-summer 2012, full of casual clothing and tye die outfits... The article said something like the designer´s clothes were so expensive because the processes they use to achieve that used and worn look were expensive and complex. I have to say I understand it, it took me years to get my favorite jeans (which my grandmother hates) to look not worn, but worn out and riddled with holes, haha. Without belittling the designer´s work, I decided it was time to make my own low cost version. This way, I might give use this season to an old forgotten white shirt and finish a dye box I still had from the shibori workshop
Instead of making knots, tie the shirt, or other shibori techniques, I chose to experiment with dip-dye. I did not get a great result with perfect lines, I think because the bowl I used was not wide enough, but I still liked the result. The trick is to dip the fabric in the dye, so many times as shades of color you want to get. I have made it three times to get three shades of blue: the first, about 2/3 of the garment, for 5 minutes. The second, a smaller area, 5 minutes. The third, a smaller part, another 5 minutes. Thus, the part that has been dipped 3 times is the darkest one and so on. I hope I´ve explained myself, but anyway, you will see it easier in the photos.
Note: don´t forget using gloves, covering the work surface and following the dye manufacturer instructions. Oh, and be careful not to splash the part of the garment you don´t want to get dyed. Otherwise, easy-peasy.
¿Habías probado ya esta técnica de teñido? ¿Qué resultado te dio? yo de momento creo que este fin de semana "estrenaré" camisa...gracias por pasarte!
Had you tried this dip-die technique before? How was it? by now, I think I might wear my "new" shirt this weekend...thanks for reading!