Ombre, also known as tie-dye print, is a French term which means shaded in English. It is a design or pattern type that has tones or colors that belong to the same family of shades. These colors are arranged from light to dark. In the 19th century, this type of print was created on fabric with the use of a “rainbowed” printing block. Today, it is achieved by pre-dyeing the threads in graded colors before it is woven.
The ombre textile treatment was introduced in 1840 and it became popular again in the 20th century. Aside being a favorite pattern type for shirts, dresses, and swimsuits, it has also become a famous coloring technique for hair and nails.