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Fiber Reactive Dye - Dyeing Wood, Cane, and Rattan

Wood, cane and rattan are all cellulose fibers, so they take fiber reactive dyes fabulously. The texture is the only real difference, as far as dyeing is concerned.

For wood chips or small pieces, cane, reed and anything that can be submerged,

  1. Uncoil, untie so the dye can reach all surfaces. Wash the reed if needed. There can't be any finish on the material to prevent the dye from seeping in.

  2. Determine the amount of lukewarm water needed to completely cover the material and for the material to move around freely. Then for each gallon add one tablespoon of dye (pre-dissolved) and 1/2 cup plain salt. Stir to mix thoroughly.

  3. Put the material into the dyebath and agitate (stir) frequently for 20 minutes.

  4. Add 1/3 cup of Soda Ash for each gallon of water used. (Pre-dissolve in hot water and add slowly).

  5. Leave in dyebath for up to 2 more hours or until the desired shade is reached. Remember that the color will be lighter when dry.

  6. Rinse under cold running water to remove all excess dye and allow to dry.


For wood or other cellulose material that will be sealed,

If you are going to apply varnish, Verathane or another finish coat, then the dye need not be "set". Just mix the dye with water and apply to the wood with a brush or rag. Let dry and seal. Run tests first so you can get the desired result.


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