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The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye

The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye


Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!

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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.

"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia

Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.

If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.

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Sourced from Tie-Dye on Wikipedia

So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.

"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...? 

Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form? 

"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...

I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.

In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!

Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)

Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :) 

Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!

Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!

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AngKar

Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...
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mollybermea

It's pretty fun! Rit Dye is great, if you use it, make sure you buy the liquid stuff... however if you want REALLY vibrant you can get in to Jacquard Procion Dyes (but this uses a more chemically processed path... but the colors and options for fabric are more).

I used to do a lot of different types of dying, including Tie-Dying...I found at the end of the day, if I just wanted to do a quick fun project in Tie-Dying, to just buy one of the kits they present at Craft Stores, usually put together. I felt like it just got too expensive trying to build your own kit.

Dharma Trading has some great dye and Tie-Dye Kits... :)

What I would REALLY LOVE to learn is Batik - which is dyes and wax resist, it's just stunning... but would really take me some focus to learn and I think you'd need a dedicated work space to save your sanity. ;)


AngKar wrote:
Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...
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mollybermea

I added a belated video tutorial for Seamless Lite on making digital Tie-Dye! ;)
AngKar wrote:
Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...

kalindy

mollybermea wrote:
I added a belated video tutorial for Seamless Lite on making digital Tie-Dye! ;)
AngKar wrote:
Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...

Cool! I'm excited to go watch.

And Dharma Trading Company is a great resource for dyes, tools, books, dye-able fabric and dye-able clothing.

Watched it - great demonstration, Molly! And Janis Joplin is a perfect choice.
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mollybermea

THANK YOU! :)

kalindy wrote:
mollybermea wrote:
I added a belated video tutorial for Seamless Lite on making digital Tie-Dye! ;)
AngKar wrote:
Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...

Cool! I'm excited to go watch.

And Dharma Trading Company is a great resource for dyes, tools, books, dye-able fabric and dye-able clothing.

Watched it - great demonstration, Molly! And Janis Joplin is a perfect choice.

Ifihadapaintcan

Thanks for the News. I didn't know that tie dye was connected to an African art/craft. I have an old book that teaches many crafts and batik is included. It looks really interesting.

ginnysister

Thanks Molly, love your addition to my Colourlovers experience, really appreciate your efforts and great input to the Community! (Thanks to Colin too!)
I remember fondly doing tie dye and batik at school, also our Tie Dyed T-Shirts, Bathers, and hippie skirts of the 70's............ my Mum always told me "If you keep anything long enough it will come back into fashion!"
Of course I didn't take her advice so I just made a new tie dye tee in Seamless ............
inspired by you♥
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mollybermea

I had no idea it had come over from Africa either... and didn't know about the Rit dye part of the story. It's really impressive to me that this guy did more than save his company, he impacted fashion and textile art trends for eons.

Ifihadapaintcan wrote:
Thanks for the News. I didn't know that tie dye was connected to an African art/craft. I have an old book that teaches many crafts and batik is included. It looks really interesting.
Team

mollybermea

Certainly! so interesting right?!
AngKar wrote:
Thanks for the interesting article! Tie-die is something we did in school as a kid, but I've never really researched it before. I'm thinking I need to do a tie-die project this summer...

Seahorse Girl

My digital Tie Dy attempt...
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ColourARTZZ74

cool, I'll watch these video's until I get mine right, thanks again!
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mollybermea

Keep in mind that art is not a matter of "getting it right" it is more a matter of just having fun with it, working and always making progress along the way.
:) glad to have you!

ColourARTZZ74 wrote:
cool, I'll watch these video's until I get mine right, thanks again!

ColourARTZZ74

mollybermea wrote:
Keep in mind that art is not a matter of "getting it right" it is more a matter of just having fun with it, working and always making progress along the way.
:) glad to have you!

ColourARTZZ74 wrote:
cool, I'll watch these video's until I get mine right, thanks again!


thankyou :)
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OrigamiMei

JANIS JOPLIN ♥♥
You make me wanna design, Molly.
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mollybermea

Aw thanks lady! :D <3
OrigamiMei wrote:
JANIS JOPLIN ♥♥
You make me wanna design, Molly.

sundancer

Great article! I love the how-to video. I never knew you could use seamless in that way. Thanks for featuring my patterns in your article, too! :-)
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pankaj554

It's really good. I have done some color combination projects in my and school life. I was not some good. But After reading your article and looking at mixture of color. I feel very happy and I would love to do color art project in 2016 summer. Thank U So much

wareth100

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شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف من اهم الشركات التى تقوم باعمال الرش والتى تساعد فى اعمال الرش فلدينا جميع انواع المبيدات السائله والزيتية والمحببة والضبابية والتى تساعد فى اعمال الرش التى تتلائم مع نوع الحشرة المتواجده فى المكان شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف

تهتم شركتنا باعمال الرش والمكافحة لاى نوع من الحشرات الطائرة والحشرات الزاحفة وبعد ان يتم الانتهار من اعمال الرش نبدا فى التفكير فى الكشف الدورى لكى يتم التاكد ان اعمال الرش والمكافحة والتاكد ان اعمال الرش تمت على اعلى مستوى شركة رش مبيدات بمكة

النمل الابيض من اكثر انواع الحشرات التى تسبب الكوارث والكثير من المشكلات فاذا اراد ان تتخلص من كل النمل الابيض ويتم القضاء عليه على الفور فعليك ان تستعن بينا الان فى القيام بهذه الخدمة فنحن فى انتظارك للقيام باعمال الرش والمكافحة للنمل الابيض شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالدمام

تهتم شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض من اهم الشركات التى تقوم باعمال المكافحة من خلال احدث الاجهزة التى تستطيع ان تصل الى اصعب الاماكن التى تختبىء بيها النمل الابيض بالاضافة الى ان الاجهزة تمتد الى ما وراء الابواب والحوائط للقضاء على النمل الابيض شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض

من اكثر الاشياء التى تسبب الازعاج وتسبب وجود الكثير من المضايقات واحيانا ترك لعملاءنا المكان هى الحشرات فاذا كنت تعانى من وجود اى نوع من الحشرات فعليك ان تتصل وتتواصل معنا على الفور للقيام باعمال المكافحة والرش والقضاء على الحشرات تماما شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج

تعتمد شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام على افضل انواع المبيدات المميزة وافضل العماله التى تساعد فى القضاء على الصراصير والنمل الابيض والابراص وغيرها من اى نوع من انواع الحشرات فاستعن بينا على الفور فى اعمال المكافحة والرششركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام

هل انت من سكان مدينة الرياض وتعانى من وجود حشرات فى منزلك هل قمت باعمال المكافحة والرش التقليدية ولا تؤدى الى اعمال المكافحة والقضاء على الحشرات تماما فاستعن بينا على الفور فى القيام بهذه الخدمة الان فلدينا افضل الامكانيات التى تساعد فى القيام بهذه الخدمة الان شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض

خدمات شركة ركن الخليج مميزة فاستطاعت ان تحتل المركز الرائد بين الشركات التى تقوم باعمال المكافحة والرش والقضاء على الحشرات على اعلى مستوى وتتاكد انها لن تعود مرة اخرى الى المكان فلا تتردد فى التواصل والتعاقد معنا الان شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف


تهتم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيم باعمال المكافحة من خلال افضل العماله المدربة على القيام باعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات ولدينا افضل الاجهزة والالات التى تساعد فى اعمال المكافحة والتى تساعد فى الوصول الى افضل النتائج المثالية فى شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيم

هناك عدد من الشركات التى تقوم باعمال المكافحة والرش والقضاء على اى نوع من انواع الحشرات وتعانى من اعمال المكافحة التقليدية فعليك ان تتاكد ان شركتنا هى الحل المثالى فى القضاء على كل ذلك والقضاء على اى نوع من انواع الحشرات فلا تتردد فى التواصل والتعاقد معنا على الفورشركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة
تهتم شركتنا باعمال المكافحة لاى نوع من انواع الحشرات فمع بداية فصل الصيف تبدا الحشرات فى الانتشار لانه موسم التزاوج لدى الحشرات فيلجا عملاءنا الكرام الى البحث عن كيفية التخلص من الحشرات التى تهاجم عملاءنا الكرام فاذا كنت فى اى مكان فى جدة فنحن فى انتظارك الان للقيام بهذه الخدمة شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة

شركة مكافحة حشرات بحائل هى افضل الشركات المميزة التى تساعد فى اعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات على اعلى مستوى فاذا اراد ان تقوم باعمال المكافحة والرش للصراصير والنمل الابيض والناموس والبعوض والوصول الى افضل النتائج فنحن فى انتظارك الان شركة مكافحة حشرات بحائل
شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط من افضل وارخص الشركات المتواجده والتى تقدم خدمات المكافحة على افضل مايرام والتى تساعد فى الوصول الى افضل النتائج المثالية والتاكد ان اعمال الرش تمت على افضل ما يرام شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط

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ColourARTZZ74

aliciamckay wrote:
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