Tie-dye, which became most popular in the Western world after the 1960’s psychedelic era, is the process of tying and dyeing a knit/woven fabric. One binds only the areas of fabric they would like to dye, and patterns are formed by binding various parts of the the fabric and dyeing these different or alternating colors. The material must be rinsed upon completion, and then the dye is set and the fabric is ready to go!
Versions of this can be seen in fashion and decor dated all the way back to the 500’s throughout South America, Asia, and Africa.
After spending 15 years in various retail outlets, designer Stacey Fraser set out to create a casual, but playful line for little girls and their moms. This line was born in 2006, and adorably named Pink Chicken. Featuring gorgeous Indian embroidery, block prints, and tie dye in her collections, the stunning children’s and women’s line soon became available to tween girls, too – now reaching every age in the market.
I was first introduced to New York-based Pink Chicken in 2011 while working in a high-end specialty children’s wear boutique. I was, and still am, impressed by their fantastic prints and great quality!
Here are some of my faves from Spring/Summer 2013: