When I moved to Asheville about a month ago, I noticed that a lot of the local stores sell tie-dyed apparel. On some weekends there’s even an artist tie-dyeing to order outside of the local grocery store. If I had moved last year, I might have been wondering why tie-dye is still so big around these parts. But this summer it’s completely different: tie-dye is trending everywhere.
Remember knitting a few years ago, back before it was picked up by 20-somethings? Well tie-dye is now starting to attract the same sort of attention. The hands of a new generation of crafters are in the dye pot and the results are not only wearable, but desirable.
Don’t believe me? Take a quick look around the internet.
Shabd Simon-Alexander is the one person who is most likely to change your mind about tie-dye:
One of my favorite sewing designers, Jenny Gordon of Wikstenmade, posted some of her designs from Shabd’s class. It’s simpler than most of Shabd’s work, but equally impressive:
Always ahead of the trends, Alison on Etsy recently highlighted the Shibori school of tie dye:
Even bigger manufacturers are getting in on the action: