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Tie Dye Clothing

Tie-dye is typically brightly colored, patterned textile or clothing which is made from ordinary cloth, usually cotton, through a resist dyeing process known as tie-dyeing. This is the modern version of a traditional dyeing method, used in many Asian and African cultures, like Batik and Shibori. Tie-dyeing is very much a fun hippie style.

How is tie dye made?

The basic process is to tie up the material before applying dye in such a way that the dye only reaches part of the area to which it is applied. The boundaries of the dyed and non-dyed areas are usually rather blurred, as the dye has begun to soak into the non-dyed sections. This is part of the decorative effect.

Patterns are also formed by applying different color dyes to different sections of the fabric. Next, the folded and tied textile may be submerged in a bath of soda ash solution for 5-30 minutes. Submerging the fabric in a solution of soda ash, which has a high pH, prepares the cellulose fibers of the cloth for permanent chemical bonding with the acidic fiber-reactive dye used in tie-dyeing. Dye is then applied, either by submerging the cloth bundle in a bath of dye or by squirting dyes onto specific areas of the fabric. Designs range from spiral, to V shape, random to bullseye.

If you love tie dye and want to get some really pretty pieces, check out these great small Tie Dye businesses.


Kid's Tie Dye:



Adult Tie Dye:

Wild Flower Tie Dye

Hippie Haven Tie Dye

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