Tie & Dye is a modern term for the art of selectively creating resists before the application of dye or color. The manipulations of the fabric prior to application of dye are called resists, as they partially or completely prevent the applied dye from coloring the fabric.
An age old tradition, it has survived till this day as one of the oldest, finest and most widely used techniques for coloring, the world over. India is one of the leading countries in the use of the tie and dye method for fabrics.
How are resists created?
Resists are created by the folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling of a fabric or garment and binding with string or rubber bands, before application of dye(s). The dye is prevented from penetrating portions that are not meant to be coloured, thereby acquiring the design or pattern through the non-coloured portions.