A Prosperous 2007

This is with a grateful thank-you to all of you who acknowledged us for our work here at ThaiDye.com and telling us how much you love our mudmee tie-dyes.

Apparently you loved them so much that even though the winter is by far not over we ran out of the small hooded jackets in green and black base colors – – we never thought that was possible, but then, deep down we must have wanted it still.

But not to worry, we still have plenty of items from henley shirts, over tanks and t-shirts, and we are already in the process of producing a new batch.

As a little thank you for your support we would like to offer you all a 10% discount on all purchases during the next week. To claim this promotion please enter the code xxxxxxxx (sorry, expired – but there will be another sale!) into the promo field on checkout.

All of us here at ThaiDye.com wishing you a

 

Happy New Year!

Christmas is Nearly Upon Us

This has been a very interesting year for ThaiDye.com.

We designed a whole new line of items, and got a biiig shipment from our manufacturer in Thailand. And we are so grateful for all of our customers who liked our tie dye items and now proudly wear them.

We had good sales before the holidays and during the last week before they are really arrive we will do another big sale to get and hopefully meet our target that we have set for us.

So we will send out an email to all of our valued customers and offer one great discount for the last possible order before Christmas.

So look forward to our email announcing a sale for

  1. Hooded Jackets
  2. Henley Shirts
  3. Lace Tanks
  4. Strappy and Boy Tanks
  5. T-Shirts

The Technique of Tie-Dying

The reason for dyeing a fabric is obvious – more color = more attention – just as the feathers in the animal kingdom – and let’s be honest, we want to be beautiful and like to be noticed.

So, if we start with a white piece of clothing and then dip it into dyes, something more than just plain white will ensue. Now a single color will soon be just plain also, so historically we started to experiment with different colors and different ways to apply the dye to the fabric.

Tie-dying is the technique to fold or tie the finished garment and then submerse it into the dye. The parts of the garment that are tightly touching each other like in a knot, will not be exposed to the dye or only slightly so.

For example to create stripes we can fold the garment in pleats, and then apply the dye.

The big spiral on the chest that we usually associate with tie-dye is created by laying out the garment flat and then starting in the middle of the chest grabbing the fabric and starting to twist, in the process folding pleats in a circular pattern.

The mudmee style of tie-dye used in producing the hoodies, henleys and tanks of ThaiDye.com is pretty much native to Thailand and our artists who conceive these pieces have kept their process and technique very secret. Nobody, not even the best clients, are allowed onto the factory floor where these unique pieces are created.

Sizing of Jackets, Tanks and T-Shirts

zz-jacket01.jpgOur main concern from the very beginning of www.ThaiDye.com has been that we get the sizes right. As long as we only offered sarongs that was easy – xxx inches by yyy inches would do it. But dress sizes are differing so much even from one manufacturer that there was no easy way for us to see how we could avoid wasting lots of money for shipping items back and forth.

Increasing the problems severity was the fact that in the beginning we went to Thailand and purchased items that we really liked – and there was no sizing provided for those. You could just try them and if it did not fit try another. That was not an option when selling over the internet.

So our first solution was to give direct measurements with each item. To indicate where to measure we made cute little sketches of our items, marked A, B and C where to measure and for each item recorded as the size (A x B x C).

This is not quite as convenient as – I know I am a M – and thus just looking for items in M. You have to get out a tape measure – finding one might be the biggest obstacle.

But we wanted to do better.

In the second stage of the development of ThaiDye.com we therefore designed the items we wanted to offer here in the US according to standard sizing charts and in styles that are more appealing to an American clientèle than the items designed and cut all in Thailand.

That worked very nicely – with the completed patterns we had first samples made that we could test sell here in the US and then had our big order produced in Thailand. – – – OK, thanks for asking – no we do not use any sweatshops – we find this despicable and would not want to condone such an exploitation.

So, there you have it – now we can offer standard sizes, have a nice sizing chart on the web and returns have been very rare – actually only one return because the item did not fit – pretty good, I think.

We offer our unique jackets in sizes from XS to XXL – and the XS size fits even kids so you could get one of those great jackets for your seven or eight year old.

How it all started

very extravagant tie-dye jacket worn by GigiSo, how do you start a business like ThaiDye.com?

There are probably many ways to do this but this is how it started for us. Gigi, being from Thailand, brought with her the artistic ability and love for clothing and Merlin threw into the mix his computer abilities.

Gigi worked in the fashion industry and Merlin was riding the good times of the internet bubble and it was at that time that Gigi’s brother brought some nice tie dye outfits for Merlin from a trip to Thailand.

This stuff was great, nice colors and so comfortable to wear. So, whenever Merlin could, he now wore these outfits, even though some well-meaning friends tried to tease him once in a while with statements that he forgot to change in the morning etc. But in general reactions were great.

Usually in the form “Where did you get those from??” – “Wow, where can I get those?” The second question he could only answer with the impractical answer – go to Thailand.

Finally that sank in here – there was a need – and this realization finally got us started. Bringing this very particular type of tie-dye art from Thailand to the United States, directly asked for the name ThaiDye and I was so surprised that this name as actually available when I tried to register it.

Once the name was there and a rudimentary website up, Gigi just had to find a teacher in Thailand who could actually teach her the basics of mudmee tie-dye – and the rest is history, as the saying goes.

Now you can just go to the main ThaiDye.com site and for example check out all the unique women’s jackets.