Tie-dye t-shirts and other fashions were symbols of the counterculture in the 1960s and a way to express individuality and freedom while escaping from the strict social norms of the 1950s. Now, as popular as tie-dye fashions became in America, hippies did not invent this fashion phenom.
The art of tie-dyeing is an old craft used around the world. Practiced since the 8th century, shibori a form of tie-dye originated in Japan and Indonesia. In general, the colors were more subdued. In India, the process is called bandhani. It is said the Shipibo and Yine tribes of the Peruvian Amazon have a resistance dyeing technique that is similar to tie-dye.
Experts are saying that clear social and political climate parallels made with the 1960s are influencing the comeback of tie-dyeing in the fashion industry. Additionally, we are seeing the tie-dye color pendulum swinging from muted tones to bold, daring colors.