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. Learn More

Pros: Best dye for cotton, rayons, linens, hemp and other plant based fibers. Best dye for Tie-Dye and Batik because used in lower temperatures. Vibrant wash fast permanent colors. Easy to use. Does not need hot water. Safe for clothing for infants and chemically sensitive people, once properly washed. Economical!
Cons: With silks and wools, colors are still vibrant, but shift. Need to use with the proper chemicals. Soda Ash used in many techniques is hard on silk and wool. Does not work on synthetics.

USE FOR: Tub Dyeing for intense dark colors, Tie-Dye, Low Immersion Dyeing, Dye Painting, Screen & Block Printing or Stenciling, even Tie-dyeing Silk in a Microwave

USE ON: All natural Fibers (Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, Silk, etc.), Wood, Cane, and Rattan

Pros: 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!
Cons: 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: Quick, easy, economical for small dye jobs, don't have to buy extra chemicals, don't have to handle powders.

Cons: Needs hot water, difficult to predict outcome as every piece of denim has a unique wear pattern.

Pros: Fast, easy, inexpensive way to dye large quantities of cotton, linen, rayon clothing, towels, rags, etc.
Cons: Results are not as bright, long lasting or washfast as Procion

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.

Pros: 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: Has so many uses! Photograms, Painting, Tie dyeing, Screen printing, Sun Printing, Stamping and Batik.
Cons: Not available in larger sizes, not meant for large dyeing projects, light sensitive.

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.

Pro's: Simple for children, no mixing of dyes and chemicals; fast results
Con's: Needs to be simmered on a stove by an adult. Colors not as vibrant as traditional Tie-Dye - much more white areas.

Pros: Non-toxic, so great for kids. Water based. No extra chemicals needed. Ready to use, quick results. Easy clean up.

Cons: Some fading. A lot of white will be left in the design. Does not work on synthetics. Limited Colors.

Pros: 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!
Cons: With silks and wools, colors are still vibrant, but shift. Need to use with the proper chemicals. Do not work on synthetics.


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