Dyes For Dyeing Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, Linen, Bamboo, Tencel, etc.
Use these dyes for dyeing cellulose (of plant origin) fibers like cotton, rayon, hemp, linen, Tencel, bamboo, reed etc. The Dharma Fiber Reactive Dyes give bright jewel toned colors that don't fade, even after repeated washings! No simmering or hot water necessary for that one. It is easy to use, and economical too. Superior in every way to grocery store dye!!! The other dyes on this page have more specific uses, and some do require hot water. Some are super easy to use, but not very permanent. Dharma Fiber Reactive Dye is the dye of choice for tie-dyeing, batik or garment dyeing of cotton, rayon, hemp, etc. because of its permanence, and the fact that once properly fixed and washed, it won't rub off on you or your other laundry.
Most of these dyes can also be used like a paint, for watercolor effects, or thickened for other techniques. It is more involved than just using one of our fabric paints, but will leave no "hand" on the fabric, i.e. it will not stiffen it the way paints do.
Pro's: Best dye for cotton, rayons, linens, hemp and other plant based fibers. Best dye for Tie-Dye and Batik. Vibrant wash fast permanent colors. Easy to use. Does not need hot water. Economical! Con's: With silks and wools, colors are still vibrant, but shift. Need to use with the proper chemicals. Do not work on synthetics.
Pros: Quick, easy, economical for small dye jobs, don't have to buy extra chemicals, don't have to handle powders, behaves like Deka L, additional 8 colors for Polyester and nylon! Results are even and not streaky. Cons: Needs hot water, less brilliant and long lasting, may fade more than "professional" dyes, less color selection.
Pros: Suitable for all natural fibers including wool, silk, cotton, bamboo and Tencel. Colors are non-toxic, aromatic, rich and earthy. Dye Powder Extracts are concentrated and more expensive. All the dyes may be mixed to create new shades. Cons: Not for synthetic fibers such as polyester. Fibers should be pre-mordanted for best results. Careful dyeing prevents fading and color running.
Pro's: Suitable for all natural fibers including wool, silk, cotton, bamboo and Tencel. Colors are non-toxic, aromatic, rich and earthy. Dye Liquid Extracts are easy to use, cost less and yield slightly lighter and brighter results. All the dyes may be mixed to create new shades. Cons::Not for synthetic fibers such as polyester. Fibers should be pre-mordanted for best results. Careful dyeing prevents fading and color running.
Pros: Historically fascinating to use dyes that have been in use for 100s to 1000s of years!
Cons: Fabrics or fibers have to be treated in a mordant before dyeing. Some of the metallic salts used to "mordant" (prepare for dyeing) the fabrics before dyeing are fairly toxic. We don't carry the worst ones.
Pros: Easier and faster to get into solution and use than natural or synthetic Indigo.
Cons: Still have to use chemicals with it to make it work. Indigo can "crock" or rub off on you and your laundry unless you use Dharma Dye Fixative or Retayne as an extra last step before washing thoroughly with Synthrapol and Hot water to get off the loose dye.
Pros: Quite economical for the production artist. Two ounces of concentrate can yield up to 40 ounces of medium shade dye/paint. Cons: Must be steam set or used in a hot dye bath for best results; cannot be fixed with Jacquard Dyeset Concentrate.
You can combine cotton and rayon clothing & accessories to get the greatest discounts.
Your discount is figured on the total number of cotton and rayon items we ship, not how
many of each type, style or size. Mix and match them to get the best discount.
Example; adding 1 each of 12 different T-shirts in size Large should give you the 12+
price on all 12 shirts.
Example; adding 12 pieces of 4 different sizes of a garment should give you the 36+ price
on all 4 sizes.
Some products may be excluded from discounts, and / or may discount only with themselves.
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