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

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.