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National Tie Dye Day – April 30, 2023

National Tie Dye Day is observed on April 30 every year, and this year is no exception! Tie-Dye is a long-standing ritual that heralds the start of the autumn season. It gives individuals the chance to be artists, makers, and creators. Tie-dyeing is a technique that involves folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling cloth or a garment before binding it with string or rubber bands and applying dye or dyes. Starbursts, Ombres, wild color combinations, expressive patterns, subtle pastels, or a grungy acid wash are all examples of tie-dye.

History of National Tie Dye Day

China’s Sui period in the fifth century produced the earliest instances of tie-dye in the Far East. The earliest pre-Columbian tie-dye examples in Peru date from 500 to 810 A.D. Professor Charles E. Pellow of Columbia University acquired some samples of tie-dyed muslin and offered a lecture and live demonstration of the method in 1909. Although shibori and batik techniques were sporadically utilized in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become popular until the late 1960s, following the lead of rock singers like Janis Joplin and John Sebastian. Tie-dye became popular in the 1970s when counterculture communities used colorful clothing to defy mainstream expectations.

After being adopted by a whole generation of rebellious youths, tie-dye became a symbol of peace worn by the free-spirited. Tie-dye was closely associated with the Hippie movement in the early 1970s when its psychedelic form became popular at music festivals and protests. Tie-dye during this era was energetic, vivid, and came in a rainbow of colors, frequently in the popular swirl pattern. Tie-dye is significantly more advanced than it was in previous generations; the basic methods are well-understood, and artists are experimenting with increasingly complex new approaches. In the late 2010s, tie-dye made a comeback, bringing it back into the mainstream. Not only in the United States, but around the world, people are learning about it at an unprecedented rate.

People are experimenting with a wide range of innovative and fascinating techniques. It has piqued the interest of a larger number of people than ever before. Aspiring painters are hungry for new techniques and want to develop and share their own distinct styles, and redefine what’s possible.

National Tie Dye Day timeline

6th Century A.D.
Tie Dye First Recorded Occurrence

The first instance of tie-dye is recorded during the ‘Sui Period’ in China.

1920s
The Roaring Twenties

Tie-dyeing first gains popularity in the United States during the Roaring Twenties.

1960s
The Hippie Age

This decade is most closely identified with tie-dye, and is tagged as the ‘hippie era.’

2010
Tie-dye Makes A Fashion Comeback

After slowly fading away, tie-dye becomes a fashion trend once again in 2010.

National Tie Dye Day FAQs

Who made tie-dye popular?

In the early 1970s, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead wore tie-dye and quickly grew into a gigantic movement.

Why did my tie-dye wash out?

Just like when the dyes have been blended for an excessive amount of time. When you use hot water instead of warm water to mix your dye, more of your color will wash off in the end, and in rare cases, all of it. Some colors are affected by cold water.

What is the minimum time for tie-dye?

Allow the fabric to rest for two to 24 hours. The longer you can leave the fabric to sit, the easier it will be to remove any loose color. The amount of time you leave the cloth to sit isn’t crucial.

National Tie Dye Day Activities

  1. Host a tie-dye event

    Make it a fun celebration by hosting a tie-dye event. Get guests to bring their fabrics or outfits. Experiment with fun colors and challenge others to make unique creations.

  2. Share pictures on social media

    Get others to join in on the fun. Share pictures and videos of your beautiful tie-dye creations and use the hashtag #Nationaltiedyeday.

  3. Make a tie-dye shirt

    Time to unleash your inner artist and tie-dye some fabrics. Get a plain shirt and try your hands at tie-dyeing. You can watch videos and read about how to go about the process if this is your first time.

5 Fun Facts About Tie Dye

  1. Tie Dye is timeless

    Tie-dye never goes out of style.

  2. The real name

    Tie-Dye is a process and its real name is ‘shibori.’

  3. Limited colors

    Colors available to professional dyers were limited.

  4. Tie-dye was used to protest

    Hippies began wearing tie-dye clothing to oppose the Vietnam War and promote peace and love.

  5. 17+ patterning techniques

    Tie-dye has over 17 different patterning techniques.

Why We Love National Tie Dye Day

  1. Tie-dye has history

    When you think of tie-dye, you automatically think of hippie fashion from the 1960s and 1970s, the age of peace, love, and harmony. Tie-dye is relatively easy to make without any special or professional equipment.

  2. It's an inexpensive mood booster

    Tie-dye is just one of many ways we use style to boost our mood. It's a way to show our excitement through our clothes, and it is inexpensive and pleasurable to do.

  3. It promotes creativity and self-expression

    Tie-dye is a way to express oneself through clothes. The process encourages creativity and self-expression through colors, patterns, and design.

National Tie Dye Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 30Sunday
2024April 30Tuesday
2025April 30Wednesday
2026April 30Thursday
2027April 30Friday

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