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. Dharma Fiber Reactive Dye is the dye of choice for tie-dyeing or garment dyeing of cotton, rayon, hemp, etc.
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: 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.
Quite economical for the production artist. Two ounces of concentrate can yield up to 40 ounces of medium shade dye/paint. Cons:
Must be steamset or used in a hot dye bath for best results; cannot be fixed with Jacquard Dyeset Concentrate.