Collina Strada’s Hillary Taymour Shows How to Sew and Tie Dye A Cloth Mask.
Three days ago, the CDC officially set forth recommendations that everyone, regardless of whether they’re showing symptoms or not, should wear cloth face coverings in public settings. While there’s been debate over the past few weeks over the efficacy of certain types of face masks, a simple cloth mask is now recommended for non-healthcare workers — leave the surgical masks and N-95 respirators for medical professionals. The CDC also published tutorials that can help you sew a mask out of tightly woven cotton fabric or household items like a T-shirt or a bandana.
Designer Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada has been ahead of the curve and sewing cloth masks from deadstock fabrics in her Chinatown studio for the past three weeks. “I started making them right before New York went into lockdown. I was just like, you know what, I’m going to start making these because people are going to need them.” Her assistant, interns, and staff have been chipping in from their own homes, sewing and sending all of their cloth masks directly to Masks4Medicine.
Below, Taymour’s shared a guide to sewing these masks in the hopes that people will not only make them for themselves, but that they will donate as many as they can to Masks4Medicine. For at-home tie-dyes, she suggests using turmeric, artichokes, and beets, which are the easiest to get the color out of (this will get you pale yellow, green, and deep red dyes, respectively) but you could also use onion skins, coffee grounds, or avocado skins.
If you just want to sew a mask, here’s how:
Step 1: Cut 2 rectangles of cloth 6” x 9” and two smaller 1.5” x 36”.
Step 2: Sew the rectangles together on the 9” side only.
Step 3: Iron the strips to hide the seams.
Step 4: Turn the rectangle inside out and pleat with an iron.
Step 5: Sew the strips along the pleated 6” side. And you’re all set—You made a mask!
How to tie-dye at home:
Step 1: Chop whatever raw organic materials (artichoke, avocado skins, or turmeric) you’re using and bring to a boil in a pot of water. Let simmer for an hour, and then strain it and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the fabric to soak up the dye by rinsing it under cold water. If you’re using plant matter, you need to add one part vinegar to four parts water and bring the fabric to a boil in this mixture.
Step 3: Add the fabric to the dye that you made in Step 1. Simmer until it’s reached the color that you want (if you want it to really soak up the dye, leave it overnight.
Source: Vogue Fashion
Read more: https://www.vogue.com/article/tie-dye-cloth-mask-tutorial-how-to-make-diy
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Ankara print fabrics are made through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called batik. In this technique, methods are used to “resist” the dye from reaching all the cloth, thereby creating a pattern. The lack of divergence in color intensity helps with the determination of the (front) right and (back) wrong side of the fabric.
Even though Ankara fabrics are associated with the African culture, it’s origins are not authentically and wholly African. Dutch wax prints started out as mass-produced imitations of Indonesian batik fabric.
Sometimes African wax fabrics have proverbs printed on them that are meaningful to the wearer