The "ART" of Tie-Dye: A Brief History

By | February 2, 2018

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Left: English singer Joe Cocker, wearing a tie-dyed shirt and blue jeans, performing at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images). Right: A Grateful Dead tie-dye t-shirt. Source: eBay

Most Americans tend to associate tie-dyeing with hippies and the counterculture era. From our standpoint, that makes perfect sense since the 1960s is when this groovy process of dyeing fabric first appeared here.

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The art of tie-dyeing is an ancient process that was used as early as the 6th Century in countries including Japan, India and Africa. Common fabrics used for dyeing were silk and hemp.