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Orem volunteers are making world's longest tie-dye

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Utah family along with hundreds of volunteers are gaining attention for their work on what is expected to be one of the largest art projects in the world.
OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Utah family along with hundreds of volunteers are gaining attention for their work on what is expected to be one of the largest art projects in the world.

The project is called “Vibrant Protest: Liberty.” The creator, Inez Harwood, is a Utah Valley University student who will receive her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in May 2013.

Harwood said her 12-year-old son dared her to take on the project last year. It has turned into a project that is set to break the Guinness World Record for the longest tie-dye.

The current title is held by people in Japan.

Harwood said her project will span 3,153 feet or more than half a mile.

The tie-dye creation is pretty heavy too. The volunteers used 850 pounds of fabric, 130 pounds of dye and 15 pounds of zip ties.

Harwood wanted to use cotton made in the United States, but when she searched for it, the cotton was hard to find. Harwood said she found out about 80 percent of American cotton is shipped overseas, making fibers grown in the U.S. extremely difficult to find.

The family finally found a South Carolina factory to sell them fabric. Harwood said the company, Inman Mills, is contracted by the U.S. Government to make uniforms.

She said she wants the project to bring public awareness about the dying textile industry in the U.S.

The tie-dye fabric will be untied, rinsed and stretched out in a process expected to take about eight hours.

A person from the Guinness World Records will be on hand for the unveiling process set to take place on the UVU campus on March 7.

The event will be viewable from the Hall of Flags on the west side of UVU. Volunteers are needed for the event. People can sign up through the Vibrant Protest website.

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