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tie-dyeing

[tahy-dahy-ing] /ˈtaɪˌdaɪ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a process of hand-dyeing fabric, in which sections of the fabric are tightly bound, as with thread, to resist the dye solution, thereby producing a variegated pattern.
Also called tie-and-dye, tie-dye.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; tie-dye + -ing1

tie-dye

[tahy-dahy] /ˈtaɪˌdaɪ/
verb (used with object), tie-dyed, tie-dyeing.
1.
to dye (fabric) by tie-dyeing.
noun
3.
Informal. a fabric or garment dyed by tie-dyeing.
Origin
1935-40
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British Dictionary definitions for tie-dyeing

tie-dyeing

noun
1.
a method of dyeing textiles to produce patterns by tying sections of the cloth together so that they will not absorb the dye Also called tie-and-dye
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Encyclopedia Article for tie-dyeing

method of dyeing by hand in which coloured patterns are produced in the fabric by gathering together many small portions of material and tying them tightly with string before immersing the cloth in the dyebath. The dye fails to penetrate the tied sections. After drying, the fabric is untied to reveal irregular circles, dots, and stripes. Varicoloured patterns may be produced by repeated tying and dipping in additional colours. This hand method, common in India and Indonesia, has been adapted to machines. See also resist printing.

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