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.
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.
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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