The Hunker Games: Prepare to Dye
Oct 30, 2012 - by Jessica Lapidos
We're all in Hunker Down Mode. The worst of the Hurricane Sandy is yet to come, and there's the real possibility you already lost power, and/or it's on its way out. Your Hunker Games are going offline. So be prepared to dye. Get your hands dirty and change your clothes to a tea. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Classic Tea Bag = Tan Dye. Yup, anything with the general make and model of a Lipton's or Tetley's will set you right.
It's simple. Bring a large pot of water to 180 degrees fahrenheit, and dip your tea bags in.
Get the color. Use more if you want it darker, fewer for lighter shades of tan.
What to dye? It's good for all types of natural fiber - wool, silk, cotton, bamboo, etc. Start with socks or a white tee if you want to test it. Then jump into some of your nicer whites.
Get fancy. Tie up your clothing in rubber bands. Twist it. This is called resist dyeing, it will create patterns wherever it is folded and restrained.
Stay solid. Soak it in a separate pot of water before submerging it in the tea. Also, make sure you take out the tea bags before putting the fabric in. Stir frequently.
Don't worry! You can't mess up. You can always dip again. And if you grow tired of the tan in the future, you're a step closer to dyeing it another color. Tea is a tannin, and therefore a natural mordant. It will help the fabric attract any dye you use in the future.
Tweet us your results @jessicalapidos @FashionIndie #HunkerGames, and our favorite dye job gets a surprise from us. If we survive the storm.