Tie Dye: The Trend Without End Trending Higher Again

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 9:48 pm

Do you know where tie-dye originates from? The colorful Japanese technique has been around for centuries, entering modern world wardrobes in the hippie-filled 1960s, making many think that is where it all started.

If you’re a fan of the print, you’re in luck. It’s trending higher these days with a vengeance thanks to fashion brands like Saint Laurent and buzzy young designers including Britain’s Alex Mullins and Russia’s Gosha Rubchinskiy.

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Meredith M in Altadena has a great selection of tie dye clothing that will give your wardrobe some color, and put you in fashion with the other lovers of the look that has transcended generational gaps for the last 90 years or so.

Tie-dye can actually be tracked back to ancient China and Japan. Early historical records show that the Chinese were using the dying method during the T’ang dynasty while the Japanese were slightly earlier, utilizing tie-dye during the Nara period. Of course, all dyes were natural, using the colors of boiled flowers, berries and roots in those days.

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While Asian countries loved the print since those very early times, it didn’t hit America until around the 1920s. During the era of the Great Depression, people were given leaflets showing them how to create newer looking clothes without spending much money, and the tie-dye was perfect for that.

Fast forward to the Sixties, where tie-dye really reached its peak. Most folks can picture those flower children dancing around in vibrant shirts. Tie-dye allowed people to express their individuality with no T-shirt looking the same.

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Technology has also helped the rise of tie-dye in today’s fashion scene. While older styles of dye faded over time, today’s have a much stronger staying power, and comes in more subtle monochrome and pastel shades as well as the brighter hues.

You’ve probably noticed the likes of Kanye West and Justin Bieber wearing tie-dye shirts over the past few months. People are yearning for happier times, using nostalgic tie-dye to remind them of those free-thinking periods in history.

Pasadena’s very own Meredith M sells a range of tie-dye items like their tie Dye Fringe Top, or their Tie Dye Hoodie Top, and if your looking for some fashion that has its roots going back centuries, and a connection to a freer time in American history, then stop by her shop and pick up some highly fashionable tie-dye items and show the world just how cool tie-dye really is.

Meredith M and Webster’s Community Pharmacy are located at 2450 N. Lake Ave, Altadena. For more information call Meredith M – (626) 204-2677 or visit https://meredith-m.com/ or Webster’s – (626) 797-1163 or www.AltadenaRx.com.












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