Colores tie-dyed products are a labor of love. I started tie dyeing in the late 60's but gave it up due to the poor quality of dyes available at the time. It was too frustrating to have designs fade and eventually disappear after just a few washings.

Twenty years later I was introduced to Procion dyes. I was thrilled with the permanence and the wide range of colors. My enthusiasm was rekindled! I started out selling tie-dyed T-shirts to friends and family and from there word spread and Colores was born!

In 1989 I was invited to demonstrate the art of tie dye at the Iowa State Fair and I have been an artist-in-residence there every year since. The fair has allowed me to meet a huge number of great people and tie-dye lovers from all over the country.

As my inventory grew, I decided it was time to move out of my basement studio and into a store. In the Fall of 2004, I moved into a little store in the East Village of Des Moines. It is a small, quaint gift shop with a large array of affordable gift items -- most of which are handcrafted by Midwestern artists. It is best described as an eclectic, little store in an eclectic, little neighborhood.

I love to do custom orders. Please contact me about doing tie-dye items for you and/or your team, club, reunion or organization. I can also bring back to life stained pieces of clothing. So don't get rid of them, let me dye them!

It seems to me that in this fast-paced, impersonal world we have forgotten about customer service. My goal is to make your shopping experience with Colores enjoyable and satisfying. Whether you come into the store, come to the fair, call me or e-mail me I value you as a friend and a customer and I want your experience to be a memorable one.

If you see something you like and want to order please come to the store, call me or e-mail me so that we can discuss size, design, quantity, color, shipping, method of payment and all that good stuff. Thanks and hope to see you or hear from you!

Click on the photo and tour the store!

Store hours vary throughout the year:

Thursday & Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

February - November 15
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nita Allen, Owner

Holiday Hours:

November 16 - December 31:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.