Search for U.S. fabric a challenge in creating world record tie-dye

By Cristina Rendon

Published 03/07 2013 10:25PM

Updated 03/08 2013 06:47PM

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The search for a piece of fabric long enough to break the world record was no easy task.

Artist Inez Harwood wanted American fibers, but quickly learned it was challenging.

“The American cotton industry isn’t what it used to be,” Harwood said.

Harwood said about 80 percent of cotton grown in the U.S. is shipped to China and made into cloth then shipped back to America.

“The tags that say ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ were assembled here, but they are not fabrics that were grown here, woven here and sown here,” she said.

Harwood didn’t give up her search. She said it took several months of research to find an American company that was weaving 100 percent domestic product.

The company is Inman Mills in Inman, South Carolina. Harwood had 850 pounds of it shipped to Utah.

Ever since, she has been on a mission to promote what she calls her Vibrant Protest.

“Liberty” is part of her Vibrant Protest series. It set the Guinness World Record for the longest tie-dye on Thursday, measuring at 3,153 feet.

The art project will be on display at the Woodbury Art Museum at University Mall in Orem in two weeks.

Harwood plans to spread awareness about America’s dying textile industry by taking “Liberty” on a tour across the U.S. this summer. For more information on her project, click here.

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