After stamping a pattern of wax, the cloth is then placed in a bucket of dye. The students chose a bright orange dye. We were all confused because the dye looked purple! We let the fabric sit in the bucket for about 20minutes, turning often.
The places where the wax was placed, penetrates the dye. Therefore, the dye does not stain any place where the wax is. So, once the cloth is removed from the dye and the wax is finally removed, a beautiful pattern is left where the wax once was.
After the 20 minutes in the dye bucket, we laid the cloth out on the ground for the color to get exactly the right shade.