Tie dying with dirt!
So the other day I did a do it yourself dirt dye project! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time because I had seen dirt dyed shirts like this since I was a kid and I always thought they were cool. We grabbed some very red dirt and brought it home with us- It was hard to find good directions so I figured I’d write some out in case anyone ever wanted to do it too. Here is how you do it!
1. First you wrap the %100 cotton shirts how you want to in rubber bands and prep the shirts by soaking them in a soda ash water mixture for about 30 minutes. This preps the shirts for dye and helps as a bonding agent for the color (1 cup per gallon of water depending on how many shirts you’re doing. You can get soda ash online or sometimes craft stores sell it).
2. Take the shirts out and dump out the soda ash mixture. It’s safe to dump in the yard as it’s sodium bicarbonate and is biodegradable. Make a mirky water and dirt mixture that is still easy to move the shirts around in but still not super fluid-like. The dirt works best if it is high in iron, so bright red or yellow are best. We used red.
3. Put the shirts in the muddy water and add one cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Soak for 4-8 hours. Stirring regularly encourages the color to stick to the shirts more.
4. After you have soaked the shirts, take them out and lay them in a dry place away from the sun. I took the rubber bands out after a day of drying and let them air dry from there.
5. Rinse with a hose, in the sink, or your bathtub until the water runs clear.
6. Dry them on low settings in a dryer and they are ready to wear!
The color will fade with washing like normal tie dye, and if you really want them dark you can try dyeing them multiple times.
Never won Grammys
On June 11th 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline and he then ignited a match, and set himself on fire. Đức burned to death in a matter of minutes, and he was immortalized in a famous photograph taken by a reporter who was in Vietnam in order to photograph the war. All those who saw this spectacle were taken by the fact that Duc did not make a sound while burning to death. Đức was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.
I was waiting for this to come up on my dash. You also can’t forget that his whole body burned, but his heart remained intact and did not burn.
Ask yourself if you love something so much that you would risk the flames for it.
You would think since we are in college people would grow up and have mature conversations. But no, we must act twelve.