Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
July 1, 2000 - Issue 13

by Vicki from various sources

Encourage your child to make several tie-dye items, since there are endless color combinations and patterns that you can create on white or other light-colored clothing items.
Ages: 10 and up.

Materials needed:

1 package of fabric dye (such as Rit)
Light-colored T-shirt
assorted rubber bands
Mix the dye with water in the bucket, according to package directions.

Pull handfuls of the T-shirt into "peaks" of assorted sizes, and wrap these areas in the rubber bands. These wrapped areas will become rings on the T-shirt once it is dyed. Try to wrap large areas and small areas with thick and thin rubber bands. Wrap some areas very tightly and others loosely. Wrap several rubber bands in a row to make concentric circles.

Dye the shirt according to the package's directions and rinse in running cold water (the bathtub would work perfectly). Launder the shirt separately before wearing.

Caution: Do not use professional fabric dyes, as many of them are highly toxic. Use consumer dyes found at department or grocery stores.


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