Tie Dye, Dip Dye, Natural Dye, Which one is your favorite

 If you have a strong sense for fashion trend, I believe you have noticed that recently the special dyeing techniques have been very popular not only on apparel, ready-to-wear, but also on swimwear and activewear as a special and unique design to attract customers’ eyes. So today in this article, I have picked three of the hottest trends: tie dye, dip dye, and plant dye, hope that we can have further knowledge on how’s the main process, the achievable effects, advantages, and disadvantages.

  1. Tie-dye According to the record, tie-dye originated from the Eastern Jin Dynasty, it is one of the traditional manual dyeing techniques in China some fabric areas cannot be dyed because it has been bundled during dyeing. Tie-dye process is divided into two parts: binding and dyeing. It’s used of yarn, thread, and rope to tie, sew, and bind the fabric to dye. The features are using threads to twist the fabrics into knots, then remove all the twisted strands when finished dyeing. It can achieve more than 100 kinds of effects, and even if you are using the same way to proceed, every time you will get a surprising effect as the patterns cannot be identical.

Patterns design

Bind the fabrics with thread




Take out stitches

Iron and finishing

2. Dip dye Dip dye also called ombre dip dyeing which is a special technique used for fabric dyeing. It allows for a solid color to fade away with a soft line. This requires more effort than conventional dyeing because you need to hold the fabrics until they absorb the dyestuff gradually as time changes, instead of just drenching the fabrics in the dyestuff. The results are worthwhile and range from stripes to gradients ramp. The charm of dip dye is that you can never reach the same position at the level of each work. If you want to add colors to plain clothes without being completely dyed, then this technique may be for you.

3.  Plant dye Eco consciousness lies in everywhere and everytime in our lives, and it also penetrates into fashion industry these two years. Therefore, natural dye has gradually become a growing demand to replace synthetic dye in some aspects. Natural dye is using colorants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources-roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood, and other biological sources such as fungi. And here I will mainly discuss about plant dye.

Fabric types:There are two kinds of fibers that are suitably used for plant dyes: cellulose fibers and protein fibers.Cellulose fibers: cotton, linen, hemp, ramie, bamboo, rayonProtein fibers: wool, angora, mohair, cashmere, silk, soy, leather, suede.

Common dyestuffs: The limitations of plant dyes are that the colors can only be achieved 50% of that required because of the unpredictability. And here are the common dyestuffs for your ideas. 


Juniperus monosperma

Navajo tea

Thelesperma gracile



Pomegranate rind




Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum

Reds and pinks




Above only gives us a glimpse of some basic information about tie dye, dip dye, and plant dye, each dyeing method has its own advantages and irreplaceable effects. And there’s no doubt that they will become an inevitable fashion trend of their beautiful and surprising effects that bring, and what’s more, for a healthier life because of the nontoxic dyeing.

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