Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Tie Dye T-Shirt via aegidian

The tie-dye t-shirt is made by resist dyeing the fabric resulting in a pattern.  Tie-dye t-shirts were made popular by hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s and by musicians of the time who wore them such as Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin Wearing Tie-Dye at Woodstock

Tie-dyeing is achieved by folding and tying a t-shirt to achieve patterns when it is dipped into the dye.  The ties prevent parts of the shirt from being dyed, forming white and dye-colored patterns on the t-shirt to achieve the decorative effect.

Nigerian Tie and Dye via Ogun State Government

Although popularized in the United States in the 1960s, tie-dyeing origins can be dated to pre-Columbian designs from 500-800 A.D.  Early forms of tie-dyeing can also be traced to Nigeria, Japan and India.

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