The students used dried bandanas that they bound with string to make tie-dye patterns. They, then, soaked the bandanas in a jar of chemically-activated water (containing salt and an aluminum compound) before submerging them in a pot of boiling water that contained turmeric powder.
It is unlike traditional tie-dye in that the students did not use bottles of dye and tubs of water. Eco-dying uses only about a gallon of water that is contained and later disposed. This demonstrates Fiber Arts at Drew and DEAL’s goal to be sustainable clubs through minimal resource consumption.