Issue #28 – History of Tie-Dye











Tie-dye become popular in the United States in the 60s and 70s. It was a form of expression for the hippie movement and a form protest during the Vietnam War. The United States were not the first to dye clothes it stated as early as the 6th century in places like China, India, and Africa. Chinese tie-dye is called ‘’zha ran.” They only dyed clothes for priests and the wealthy. The Indian method of dying is called “Bandhani”, they used small points of fabric to make little dots on the cotton. Yoruba woman form west Nigeria dye clothes with an indigo dye which is then stitched with a method called tritik. In Japan they also dye their clothes indigo blue with a method called “Shabori” it is still practiced today.

Spiral Tie-Dye



  1. 100% cotton white shirt
  2. Gloves
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Plastic wrap
  5. Plastic bag
  6. Dye
  7. Scissors




  1. Start with a damp cotton shirt.
  2. Pinch fabric in the middle where the spiral will start. Twist until all fabric is in a spiral shape.
  3. Bind spiral with over lapping rubber bands to create 6 to 8 wedge shapes.
  4. Apply dye to wedge shapes and repeat on the other side.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and put into a plastic bag.
  6. Let sit 4-8 hours or overnight for the most vibrant colors.
  7. After you let it sit, rinse in cold water until almost clear and then cut the rubber bands.
  8. Rinse until completely clear.

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