Terrapin Tie Dye
About Terrapin Tie Dye
Hand-dyed in Hamilton since 1991

KerryRay and I went to our first Grateful Dead concert in Buffalo, New York in September, 1981. I was 3 months pregnant with our first child, Sally. That was the start of a long, and sometimes strange, trip following the group around with our family in our converted school bus, with eventually 2 more children, our daughter Justine and our son Skyler.

Years earlier while studying Fine Art at the U. of Guelph, I'd taken a course in tie dye, silkscreen and batik in the Textiles institute there. It was cosmic. I can do this! I was ready to start dyeing again.

Terrapin Tie Dye was eventually founded in 1991. The name is an homage to a song and album by the Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station. We have also christened our cabin family retreat in the Lanark Highlands as Terrapin Station.

The Procion MX dyes, along with sodium carbonate, urea, ludigol and synthrapol soap, come from either G&S Dyes in Toronto or Grateful Dyes in Boulder, Colorado.

Cotton shirts are a variety. American Apparel, from the US, are my biggest sellers. I also have some Jerico and Fruit of the Loom, manufactured in Canada but the big boys prefer Gildan in the larger sizes, from the US.

Cotton long underwear is Canadian made from good ol' Stanfield's in Truro, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately they have discontinued their full union suits in white, so now it's only tops and bottoms, but boy are they cozy in winter.

Cotton baby clothes are manufactured in China, imported by PAM GM. Again, unfortunately, my Canadian supplier went out of business, but these Chinese made items are very good quality, for what it's worth.

Hemp/Cotton Socks are from Barefoot Hempster Organics. Designed in Canada, made in China.
Terrapin Tie Dyes
52 Lamoreaux Street,
Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada L8R 1V1
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