To Die For

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This may be a bit of a controversial post. Because I’m going to talk about tie-dye. Some of you may have lived through the original wave of peace, love, and understanding, and the tie-dyed clothing that went with it. For myself, I spend much of my time in Berkeley and there is certainly a long history (and a capitalization on that history) of the style there. But I’m liking this right now, especially the beautiful work of Shabd Simon-Alexander. Much of her work is good old tie-dyed fun but many of her pieces are simply elegant, a very fresh take on this old-fashioned method of dyeing (the Japanese shibori is amazing, yes?)

Photo 1: Tie dyed scarf and acid wash dress by Dusen Dusen.

Photo 2-3: 19th-20th century Japanese shibori from Sri Threads.

Photo 4: Top by  Shabd Simon-Alexander and dress via Opening Ceremony.

Photos 5-9: Clothing by Shabd Simon-Alexander.

Shadb Simon-Alexander has been giving classes in dyeing; I’d love to take a trip to Brooklyn and give it a go. I have already purchased a few bottles of RIT dye. If all goes well you can be sure I’ll share the results and if it doesn’t we can just forget we ever had this conversation.

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One Response to “To Die For”
  1. Jerry Smith says:

    I believe it was John Sebastian who, after being captured by some hippies, said “they took away my clothes and when I got them back they were beautiful” or something to that effect. If you have to ask “who is Jon Sebastian” you don’t remember tie-die the first time around.

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