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Re: tie dye

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Wendy Manning (wmanning)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 21:34:07 -0400


Our computer has been "down" for two weeks: there were 225 messages
from the listserve! Pretty interesting stuff, too, but I had to delete a
lot of it without reading it, unfortunately.
I did want to respond to the person asking about tie-dye, its origins,
etc.
Tie-dye apparently originated in Africa. In Kano, Nigeria, just south
of thr Sahara, you can visit dye pits still in use after hundreds of
years. They use indigo (the plant that dyes our jeans blue) and tie
hundreds of little seeds into the cotton cloth. It's amazing how even
the pattern is; tight rows of little circles. The cloth is dyed in deep
pits in the ground>
However, my Nigerian students called the more modern,multicolored
tie-dye "Kampala", after the capital of Uganda.But all over West Africa
I saw gorgeous caftans and gowns tie-dyed and then elaborately
embroidered. (This was 20 years ago when I was a CUSO volunteer.)
Hope this is not too late to be of some use.
Wendy Manning