Behind the seams: How we do Tie-Dye

Think back to balmy arvos spent sloshing buckets of water and dye around in the backyard, all sun-drenched and Sunnyboy-stained without a care in the world. The golden days, right?

In a nostalgic nod to the iconic trend, we’ve released a retrofied range of bedding to channel that free-spirited feeling of the at-home tie-dye job, so you can live out your hippie heyday in a new-era way.

After the groundswell of matching tie-dye sweats and a swirl of technicolour prints emerging from labels far and wide in 2020, we knew it was time to bring the notoriously vivid pint into the bedroom.

Championing the idiosyncrasies of each shopper’s personal style, no two sets of our Tie-Dye sheets are coloured exactly the same. It’s down to a special sheet-crafting sorcery, which the Tie-Dye connoisseurs at one of our production palaces is about to guide us through.

The Tie-Dye two-step

Tie-dyeing process is a sacred tango divided into two distinct parts: binding and dyeing. Our makers work with yarn, thread, rope and other tools (slightly more advanced than your backyard antics) to tie, sew, bind, and clip that blank canvas fabric.

The purpose is to prevent dyeing of the tied part of the fabric, so that the tied part remains the original color, while the non-tied segment is evenly dyed. Satisfying? We think so.

The result is a gloriously haphazard colour halo, wrinkle print and uneven depth with rich layering.

‘Tie flowering’ is what our expert makers dub the process of pinching, folding, rolling, squeezing and pulling the fabric into a dreamt-up shape. Then it’s all intricately stitched into place with a needle and thread to make it a just-right kind of tight.

Next up is ‘dip-dyeing’. This translates to soaking the finished cloth in clear water, and then submerging it into a special dyeing tank. After a bit of time elapses, the cloth is taken out to dry (on something a little bit swisher than Nanna’s old Hills Hoist clothesline). Then, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the cloth is put into our big dye vat for dip-dyeing.

The Final Countdown

After drying, knot removal happens and it’s ironing time. The part that is bound and sewn by the thread is finally coloured, shimmying a hollow white cloth color, which is the ‘flower’. The rest of the surface area becomes dark, and that’s aptly called the ‘ground’. At this point, a beautiful Tie-Dye cloth is complete.

Feeling a little wistful? Tuck in with our retro bedding Tie-Dye.