Tie-dye was discovered in America during the 50's. But it has been around for centuries, just without a name. Supposedly, the Egyptians dipped there fabric in a certain kind of dye to make the fabric perserved so, during the mummification process, the fabric won't fall off of the body. The chinese also had a ritual for dying fabric. They would get berries and smash them in a bucket until it's liquidy. They,then, would dipped the fabric in the liquid and then ring out the excess liquid. They set the fabric to dry so the berries would stain and make "tie-dye"