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 - U. Of A Professor Explains Arts Of Tie-Dying...
U. Of A Professor Explains Arts Of Tie-Dying And Tie Bleaching By BARBARA BARTE Citizen Staff Writer The ancient art of tie-dying is being revived in Tucson. No, it. isn't the art of dying ties (although ties can be tie- dyed). Rather, it involves tying off sections of a fabric and then dipping it in dye to create unusual and striking effects. H. Crane Day, a tie-dye expert, doesn't look like the professor he is -- and has been for some time. "Students often ask me, incredulously, if I WORK here," the tall, slim curly-haired teacher smiles. In his Levi's and blue- striped shirt, open at the neck and with rolled-up sleeves, Day could indeed pass for a student. He is in fact assistant professor in clothing, textiles and related arts in the University o f ' Arizona's school of home economics. Day has been invited to do a one-man show during August in San Francisco where he will exhibit work he has done over the past six years including macrame ( a coarse lace or fringe made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern), hand weaving and tie-dying. In use for centuries in India, where it originated, and in Africa, tie-dying is an inexpensive and fun way to add a personal touch to fabrics -clothing, bags, draperies, bed linens, tablecloths, hats and scarves. Some interesting patterns can be achieved by pleating the fabric first or by tying objects, such as raisins or stones, in ihe doth before « is dyed. (The fabric inside the folds and pleats, under the string and around the objects doesn't take the dye.) "Tie-dying and tie-bleaching, a reverse process, are relatively simple." says Day. "It's a matter of experimenting and practicing with different methods of pleating and tying." Light fabrics are used for tie-dying and dark fabrics are used for tie-bleaching. The material may be dipped in only one color or in several, beginning with the lightest. Day uses only red. yellow and blue -- alone, in mixtures, or one color -over another. He prefers using color over color as it gives a richness of tone and a transparency not achieved by mixing shades together. "You never know from one moment to the next what's going to happen -- but, if you keep a record of results, it gets io be kind of a scientific thing,"' he says. Day has developed a "wad- ciing technique" in which he ties off rosettes and pours bleach over them to create a stained-glass effect. He prefers velvet for this process, as only the pile is affected. Bleaching weakens the fibers of most other fabrics, Day adds. Commercial dyes may be used, but Day prefers Pro- cion, a French dye which he orders from San Francisco, because of its qualities of durability and brilliant color. He finds garments dyed with Pro- eion are coSorfas; and mav be laundered. For tie-bleaching. Day uses Clorox. He generally starts classes with ihe lie-bleaching process, as students can immediately see the results. Tie-dying takes approximately 4! minutes. The dress pictured is a beautiful example of both processes. The chiffon sleeves were tie-dyed, as the fabric is too fragile for tie-bleaching. The bodice and skirt are of cotton velveteen and were tie- bleached using Day's wadding technique. In gold, brown and rust shades, the dress has Renaissance qualities -- an old, mellowed look. Day designed and dyed the fabric and Kathy Chesness. a student, made the

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  1. Tucson Daily Citizen,
  2. 27 Jun 1970, Sat,
  3. Page 15

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