A Brighter World- Make Your Own Tie Dye

A Santa Cruz original Tie-Dye shop, studio, and learning center. Make your own tie dye shirts, bandanas and more. Bring in a white company t-shirt, and go home with a custom souvenier. 


A Brighter World maintains a vast collection of unique and custom colors and garments for artists to choose from.


119 Walnut in Downtown Santa Cruz.



Bring in your own company t-shirt, and set aside x hours.

Pricing & Booking

Prices start at $xx per person. Contact us for a custom quote.


In the fall of 1987, I learned the basics of tie-dyeing. Soon after, we began making bandans to sell at Grateful Dead concerts across the country. I did this for the next 8 years. In 1995, I returned to UCSC to finish my Undergraduate Degree, which I received in 1999. I then worked at UCSC as a groundskeeper for 5 years. I started making tie-dyes again full-time in 2005 to sell at music, art and street festivals.

At the end of 2011, I started working on a business plan for a storefront retail space and fiber art studio. In July 2012, the retail storefront opened. On Labor Day Weekend, the fiber art studio opened.


More Details

Tie-dyeing is a way of coloring fabric by soaking it in a solution, which adheres the dye to the fabric. 

In our studio we follow this same process. Each item is hand selected, evaluated for quality and imperfections that may enhance the artistic appeal of the design. The fabric is then folded and tied. The way the item is folded determines what the pattern will look like after it is dyed. Squeeze bottles or brushes can be used to apply dye.

After applying the dye, it’s left to set and cure.

The newly colored fabric is then laundered before sold or worn.

Using this process and with proper care, colors will not run or fade. Your tie-dye will last with the fabric.


"A must-visit for anyone coming to Santa Cruz! This is the only DIY tie-dye store in the country, run by Jeremy, who created and sold tie-dye merchandise for Grateful Dead concerts. He is a wealth of knowledge and just such a mellow, peaceful, interesting guy. Our shirts turned out so great, and we will always treasure the memory of making them together while chatting with Jeremy and learning about his story. They do bday parties too, and this would be a great place for friends to come hang out and make some tie-dye. I will definitely come back every time I'm in town." - Juliet G.

"We recently had a family party with 25 people ranging from ages 3 to 65. Owner Jeremy has such passion and was wonderful to work with. He is a wealth of information, offering great explanation of the process while spending lots of time helping everyone. Even amidst the hectic atmosphere of our large group creating their own tie-dye project, Jeremy always maintained his easygoing charm.  We all had a fabulous time and highly recommend A Brighter World to anyone looking for a fun and creative experience." -- Andrea S. 

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