Inspiration: Spring & Tie-Dye

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Hello Readers!

We are half way through the week and soon it will be the weekend! It’s funny how I always wait for Friday so I get a chance to just sleep in. Since it’s Wednesday, Happy Hump-day you all! When I am working on what to post under the category of Fashion, I try to work out a different outfit, something that is unique and something that you as my readers would find interesting. Even though I keep track of what’s going on in the fashion industry, what’s in and what’s out, and all the new trends, I like to try something new once in awhile. So when I saw this tie-dye dress that combined both the western and eastern culture, I had to get it!

In today’s blog post, I will be shedding a light on Bandhani’s, or as most of you would know it – TIE-DYE! Being a Gujarati, bandhani is very much a part of my culture; my traditional dress as you could call it. Even though it still exists in India and many designers use it to make garments, it has never been modernized.You will not find people wearing this type of tie-dye textile in this day and age. It is usually worn during festivals and not a day-to-day wear.

So let’s go back in time and let me tell more about this trend. Bandhani or how the world knows it,  tie-dye has been a part of us for a long long time. Even though tie-dye was introduced in the early 1960s and 1970s, it actually dates back to prehistoric times. There is tie-dye evidence as far back as the 300s BC. That’s crazy isn’t it?  For centuries in India, Japan, and Africa, different tying and dyeing techniques have been practiced using both natural and man-made elements to create both plain and patterned pieces. Keeping up with the latest trends, we have tried to modernize it by creating pieces that reflect what’s in today.

This dress has every bit of the latest trends. You got the bell sleeves, the cold-shoulder and the asymmetrical length. Everything that we have seen till today and definitely a big on going trend. But besides that, the tie-dye of the dress takes you back in time. This particular type of bandhani is called Mothra. It is a tie & dye technique to make chequered patterns on the cloth. The red and yellow combination is perfect. The dress itself is not tight fitting and it flatters your body.

I paired this dress with my favorite pom-pom earrings (Who doesn’t love pomp-poms?!), pumps and a clutch. This look is perfect for a day out! It is so comfortable and the material is so light.

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When I studied in the States, I used to see people wear tie-dye t-shirts. They were perfectly paired with jeans or shorts. This is a perfect piece to have for the summers. Since I bought this dress from a local shop in India, I have linked my two favorite tie-dye pieces below! Do check it out and maybe start shopping for spring! LOL

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Layered Tie – Dye Maxi Dress
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Tie – Dyed Shift Dress

These pieces are so pretty and below $30. Go get started on your spring wardrobe! So how would you style a tie-dye piece?

xoxo

2 thoughts on “Inspiration: Spring & Tie-Dye

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  1. How cool! Always wonderful to learn a thing or two about Indian craftsmanship and artisanal fabrics. I wish Zaful wrote a thing or two about how it dates back to India though 😦

    Forgive me if I missed it, but where is YOUR dress from? Curious to know the story behind it seeing what a cultural melange it is 🙂

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