Tie and Dyed (or Tie-dyed)

A hand method of dyeing that involves gathering small portions of the fabric and tying them tightly before dyeing. The tied areas resist penetration of the dye, resulting in irregular patterns. Bandhini and ikat are tie-dyed fabrics. In Bandhini, small bits of fabric are tied and put through the dyeing process, resulting in a spotted pattern. In Ikat the yarn is tie-dyed before weaving. See Ikat, Bandhini, Bandh.