Q&A with the founder of Masha Apparel

Delve right in! Masha from Masha Apparel answers some burning tie dye questions!

What's the most unique piece of clothing you've ever dyed?

I know that might be a tricky question because there are so many different types of creativity. But if I had to pick one item, it would have been our hand-dyed dress in honour of Spongebob!  All the fabric in the dress, was individually hand dyed to match the colours in Spongebob. It was such a fun project! 

What's your favourite place to wear tie dye?

The beach and tie dye are partners in crime! It's an instant classic with its bold and vibrant colours and the laid back vibe! It’s no wonder beach stores are filled with fun tie dye pieces, and we have a special beach inspired item coming soon. 

Do you have any tips on how to tie dye?

Tie dye is about having fun, don’t take it too seriously and just try to enjoy your self. If you have old white tees/rags dye them first test out some designs, try to use colours that are close by on the colour wheel like blue and purple, and leave some white areas so the design is not muddy! 

If you could wear one tie dye article of clothing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A pastel sweatshirt! It is the perfect addition to your wardrobe! Pair it with some cute bike shorts or a skirt for a fun, casual look. I actually have two, one was just not enough! 

What's your favourite tie dye technique?

I love the Confetti technique! It feels more like painting than anything else, with all those layers that you can create just by dripping different colours over top of each other. The result is always so vibrant and colourful, it really stands out against any texture or pattern in an outfit too which makes it fun for anyone to wear! 

Where's the best place to buy tie dye supplies?

Definitely Dharma Trading,  ProChemical and Dye or G&S Dye in Toronto. 

How often do you tie dye? 

A few times a week! I find its easier to batch a bunch of items together do a large group right away! 

Who taught you how to tie dye? 

Since I graduated from Parsons School of Design, I have continued to learn on my own by doing. This has allowed me to come up with my own unique designs. While I learnt some basics at university, I have found that I learn best by just doing it. This trial and error approach has helped me develop my own design aesthetic.

How long does it usually take you to tie dye something?

It doesn't take long, but tie dye needs to sit for at least 24 hours, and I like to layer colors like a painter so an average tee usually takes 3-5 days to make!

How long have you been tie dying? 

If I could go back in time, I would definitely tie dye as a kid! It's such a fun process and the results are always so unique. Plus, it's a great way to show your creative side. But I kind of skipped that part and went straight to bleaching clothes as a teen! I was so obsessed with bleaching all my clothes and my mom hated it. I would bleach everything I could get my hands on, from clothes to bed sheets. I thought it looked cool and like I had a unique style. Eventually, I stopped bleaching my clothes because I ran out of things to bleach and my mom made me stop since I ruined so much suff. So I would say I’ve been tie dyeing since high school. 

What’s your favourite tie dye t-shirt design? 

The galaxy designs are so cool! I love how they come to life in a tie dye pattern. No matter what design you choose, these tees will turn heads for miles with their unique style and originality!

What's your all-time favourite tie dye? Let us know below! 

Q&A with the founder of Masha Apparel

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