The History Of Tie Dye November 10 2015

Tie-dye as we know it became popular in the United States in the mid 1950s. People used direct dyeing methods with either natural or grocery store type dyes - randomly folding, twisting, and tying fabric or clothing. The items were then either dipped or put into a dye bath. The results were simple and varied designs, but they were not vibrant and tended to fade quickly. Still, everyone loved tie-dye clothing. Tie-dye is considered to be a product of prehistory. Even though fabric was perishable and long ago disintegrated, archeologists still established that a variety of stamps could have been used for printing fabric five thousand years ago. Bright colors have delighted mankind from prehistoric times until today. Dyes were discovered through the use of various plant’s juices, flowers, bark, and leaves. The problem with early dyes is that they could easily be brushed off, or did not last through washing.

Tie-dye became all the rage during the Vietnam War period when people craved peace and freedom from the starched idea of parents and authority. It was a form of artistic expression as well as protest for the hippy, psychedelic generation who were free spirited and uninhibited during this difficult time in American history. These artistic peace-lovers embellished t-shirts, curtains, tapestries, pants, and anything else that would proclaim their individuality. Tie-dye made people happy then, and it still does today. At Blue Mountain Dyes we are committed to keeping tie-dye alive with unique designs and a high quality hand crafted garment that will not shrink or fade for many years to come. Our customer service is unparalleled so call today and place an order!