"nghệ" tập 2: Tự nhuộm áo sơ mi cũ tại nhà

<tc>"Nghệ"/Art episode 2: Dye your old shirts at home</tc>

Nhuộm vải tự nhiên (Natural dye) is a technique that TimTay has loved to share with you for a long time because of the "tính nghệ"/art even so the backstage story of sustainable fashion.

In conjunction with "Nghệ" episode 2, Thùy Nguyễn will instruct you on how to dye old clothes yourself using plant-based ingredients familiar to your family. Before we begin, let us speak briefly with Thùy!

How did Thùy begin dying the fabric?

In 2018, while studying abroad in Australia for a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles, I took part in the Natural Dye Workshop, which was part of Fashion Revolution Australia's series of activities. Thùy was impressed and continued practicing and learning about this technique. Thùy then enrolled in a dyeing class at college to learn more about dyeing (including natural and synthetic dyeing), and fabric dyeing has since become an indispensable passion in Thùy's life.

Why does Thuy like to dye fabrics?

Thùy finds comfort in working with fabrics for fashion in general and fabric dyeing in particular. They are suitable for Thùy's personality, free, and unconstrained by any norms. Thùy's enthusiasm for fabric dyeing is both a career and a hobby that she must constantly develop. When she is overburdened by social networks or has problems that leave her fatigued and stranded, she always dyes, and somehow it helps her handle the problem extremely eectively.

Which item made you feel a special memory or impressed you the most?

Thùy has experimented with dying a variety of costumes, and since she crafts every piece herself, each one is unique. However, the moment I created my first project, Ảo: Mỡ (Virtual: Fat), in March 2021, was definitely the most incredible thing for me. This is a personal fashion project by Thùy that is on exhibit at Hải An Gallery.
Ảo: Mỡ is a fashion line that was inspired by the real-life experiences of three young people and their struggle to overcome body shame, sexism, and inferiority complexes, all of which are issues that society can readily relate to and empathize with. Including the HEAL set, which had to be divided into two dyes because it was dyed in a huge format using Eucalyptus leaves. Plus, JOY makes use of heat transfer printing and synthesis dyed fabric that Thuy produced while studying in Australia.

HEAL - Photo by Monkey Minh
JOY - Photo by Monkey Minh

Learn more about Fantasy:Fat HERE

One of the reasons why sustainable fashion is challenging to reach consumers is that clothing manufactured from natural fabrics and dyed with natural substances frequently has a shorter lifespan than synthetic garments. How do you feel about this viewpoint?

When Thuy decides to purchase something made of natural materials or dyed with natural pigments, It means she is admitting that the item may have "natural" flaws.
It's completely typical for Thùy to wear a worn-out, discolored item over time. It shouldn't be a justification for you to discard them due to a law of nature, right? :)

Thùy, let's talk a little bit about your future plans!

The completion of her studies in Australia is currently Thuy's top priority, but she also continues to study and practice more dying techniques to enhance her capabilities. Before launching future versions of my own fashion creations, I will need to make a lot of preparations.
Thank you for sharing and also for supporting TimTay to complete "Nghệ" episode 2.

Thank you for your sharing as well as thank you for supporting TimTay to complete "art" episode 2.

Watch Thuy share about "Dyeing old shirts yourself at home"


- An old item: a white shirt
You can choose any old clothes, as long as they are made from natural fibers (linen, cotton, silk) with light tones: white, beige, brown, ...
- Coloring ingredients: Coee powder, fresh turmeric, beetroot, and purple cabbage.
Choose colorful foods that are also simple to find, such as broccoli, avocado peels, tea leaves, butterfly pea flowers, and tea bags.
- Fabric treatment: Alum powder
Plant-based fabrics like linen, cotton, and other textiles will have a better color after being treated before dyeing. Despite not being processed, animal-derived materials have good color adhesion, such as silk, wool, etc.
- Catalyst: rusty nail, vinegar



- Add 30 grams of alum powder to a boiling pot.

- Put the shirt on.

- Leave the shirt in the pot for around 1-2 hours.

- Hang the shirt to dry.


- Chop the components you intend to include in the color palette. Thuy's

color palette consists of brown (coee powder), pink (beetroot), purple

(purple radish), and yellow (turmeric).


- Spread the prepared ingredients over the fabric. You are free to choose

how many and where to put them.

- Put three to five rusty nails on the clothing (the rustier the nail, the

darker the color).

- Spray some vinegar thinly, then roll up your shirt and tightly wrap the



- Put the roll in the steamer for about 3-4 hours.

- Take out the roll of shirts.

- Remove the ingredients and let them dry.

The TimTay Kể message:
You'll be capable of restoring your mental health if you arrange some time for a little self-indulgence.

Thuy Nguyen wearing: Thong Shirt , Suoi Dress

Production TimTay
Videographer Thanh Tien
Featuring Thuy Nguyen

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