Like all good rituals, it is a mixture of order and chaos; the process is deeply familiar while the results remain mysterious. When he dies in a tie, he devotes himself to preparing and configuring the different colors, placing the rubber bands on the cloth, dipping the cloth in the ink, and, in time, observing the astonishing results.
“Most days in my forties feel a bit like the‘ Dayhog Dayh, ’” said Somers, a mother of two young children in Potomac, Maryland, referring to Bill Murray’s 1993 film, in which he he lives again and again the same day.
“Sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and do something that’s just for my enjoyment. Personal attention is a little weird these days.”
Head to social media sources to see whole families covered from head to toe in freshly dyed T-shirts and sweatshirts, with tablecloths to match.
This makes dyeing an unofficial craft of this pandemic moment, rivaling perhaps only homemade bread in popularity and devotion. It’s a cheap way of betting to inject shine and lightness into a time of great betting, distracting us from the literal and figurative schmutz we’ve accumulated from being stuck at home for months on end.
Why we tie
Part of the appeal of a tie is practical.
It is an old and time-tested boat, as complex or simple as you want it to be. A carefully folded fabric dyed in the century-old Japanese Shibori method can be as satisfying for a murderous tie as a white T-shirt with few spots of color for a preschooler.
Really, the only requirement to be an effective packer is impulse control so as not to tip over the dye bowls.
The tiebreaker is both an art and a science, and appeals to people, young and old, with different interests. Some are fashionable, while others like to see different folds or patterns of rubber bands produce different designs.
It also has an economic and environmental advantage to die for. Few of us see many reasons to invest in new clothes right now considering we are never going anywhere. So it’s exciting to grab our thick old clothes and give them an exciting second life with $ 15 tincture and a pack of rubber bands.
Tincture as therapy
The appeal of bonding is also metaphysical. There is a powerful emotional charge, slightly ineffective, related to tissue and color. It calms us down and restores us.
“Humans have this need for touch, and during Covid’s times it has been a no-touch zone, with very little tactility,” said Preeeti Gopinath, director of the master’s degree in fine arts program in textiles and associate professor of textiles at Parsons. School of Design in New York.
“All the captive sensitivity (the perception of touch) of working with fabrics fulfills a very basic human need, and during this time of crisis, look for things that provide you with comfort. It’s like Linus and the blanket, we all need to retain something, and fabric, there is nothing like it. “
Tie-dye has many good associations, such as outdoor music festivals and summer camps. It is something that is carried during these experiences, and also the relics that we keep of those halcyon days.
Maya Joyandeh, a three-year-old mother in Teaneck, New Jersey, grew up dead in the camp and hoped her children would do the same this summer. But when it hit the pandemic, they decided to keep everyone at home, as their two young children are at high risk. Anyway, they dyed.
Joyandeh and other parents said the tiebreaker gave the children a sense of power at a time when much more has been taken away.
“They pick the colors, design and are left with a really nice surprise,” she said.
There is also a strong link between tie movements and counterculture, which many fans of the process appreciate.
“We associate the dyes with the 1960s, when it took off at a time when people were trying to find themselves outside the establishment and wanted to express themselves in what they were wearing,” he said. “They wanted to bring handmade things, as things in this country became more dough and cookie cutters.”
Today, as many are frustrated with the state of the issue in terms of the pandemic response and race relations, ties can be felt, consciously or not, as a small act of protest made from home security.
The tie has been around for a long time and is still a small act of optimism for now.
It gives us the opportunity to be both in this moment, while at the same time drawing attention to the fact that things could be different – hopefully better.
Elissa Strauss He regularly contributes to CNN, where he writes about the politics and culture of parenting.