Tie Dye and its patterns

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Tie Dye and its patterns

The design of  Tie Dye doesn't stop at the famous Hippie's flashy colorful spiral of the 70s. Quite the contrary, there are several patterns with which we can play to match our outfits or interior decorations. In this article you will discover some interesting Tie Dye patterns that will certainly give you more inspiration, more ideas, and a colorful touch in your style of clothing or decoration.

Tie Dye Pattern: Concentric Circle

Tie Dye Circle

What is a Tie Dye circle ?

Fortunately, we all know that. A little reminder anyway: a circle is the set of all points equidistant from a fixed point that gives this motif: O.

What does concentric mean ?

If we try to keep it simple, it is a geometrical shape (hexagons, triangles, squares), of curved surfaces or lines (here, the circle: O), or of things forming a curved line with the same center.

In other words, which develops around the same point, a first element enveloping a second and possibly repeatedly.

In Tie Dye, it is well known because it comes from ancestral methods from several different cultures. We could say that it is a collector's pattern.

Tie Dye Pattern: Spiral

Tie Dye Spiral

What is a Tie Dye spiral ?

It is a flat curved line that moves further and further away from its center as it turns around that center.

This one speaks to you, it's normal, it's one of the patterns of the tie-dye, as well as the use of several bright colors, which has been the most exploited since the peak of popularity of the tie-dye in the 1960s and 1970s.

To know more: it seems that this pattern was put forward to draw the attention* of the American population to the revolution that was sweeping the country at the time. (This pattern is often depicted on T-shirts).

* Isn't a moving spiral, this psychedelic figure, used to, capture the attention, hypnotize as we have seen in several films ?

Remember the snake Kaa in Mooglie. 🐍😵

Tie Dye Pattern: Polka Dots Motif

Tie Dye Dots

Not very complicated, a polka dot pattern is a repetition of circles, circles (small or large, full or empty) that we can find printed on any fabric.


In Tie Dye way, to obtain this pattern we just have to create several small concentric circles repeatedly and here is the illusion of a polka dot pattern.

On a skirt or a cushion, this last one is very trendy.

Tie Dye Pattern: Stripes

Tie Dye Stripes

What is a Tie Dye stripes?

It is a line or band more or less wide, horizontal or vertical, which marks a fabric, a surface, for example: striped pants.

In Tie Dye way, it translates into a line drawn (tint) on a background of a different color: pink band on white. Or two lines of different colors wich alternate.

This pattern is very appreciated on hoodies or sweater.

Tie Dye Pattern: Gradient

Tie Dye Gradient

What is a Tie Dye gradient (one tone, two-tone, three-tone, etc.) ?

A gradient is a progressive decrease in the intensity of a color (or a light): it becomes gradient tones.

The result obtained by grading a color is a set of tones of the same color, from the darkest to the lightest: a gradient of blues for example.

The gradient also intervenes when you want to alternate two or more colors without the "stripes" effect. The result obtained from several gradient colors is a gradual transition from one color to another, going from the darkest to the lightest of the first and from the lightest to the darkest of the second.

An effect that goes with all clothes: t-shirt, dress, jacket, pants, shoes, etc...

What does bicolor/two-tone mean?


It means two different colors.
A blue and orange hoodie has only two colors, so it's a two-tone garment.

It means two same colors of different shade.
A light pink and dark pink t-shirt become a two-tone garment

Tricolor, which represents three different colors.

When it comes to tie dyeing, the current fashion is less on the spiral of the 70s and more inspired by the gradients of pastel colors, the striped pattern or "spot" pattern.

We will not say three-tone, we will probably say "shades of colors".

Tie Dye Pattern: Spot

Tie Dye Spot

What do we mean by Tie Dye spot motif ?

Valuably, this pattern is represented by a totally random shape often accompanied by "splashes"; like an ink spot on a sheet of paper.

Let's take the example of a Tie Dye where red spots pattern are dyed on white.
Its red shapes will be represented in an irregular and random way on the white for a subtle, unique and abstract effect.
(Contrary to the circle which is concretely a circle).

This one is easy and fun to produce when you want to make a tie dye in DIY.


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