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« on: April 02, 2006 01:27:11 AM »

I'm trying to dye some cotton tee shirts, but I'm trying to do it without the use of commercial products like dylon. I've heard that tea can be used to dye fabric a dirty beige colour, or dirty up denim, and that beetroot gives a bright pink/purple colour.
Does anybody know how to go about using these things as dye (how long to dye for, how to fix, how well it will wash etc) or any other household products (or anything I could get from the supermarket) that can be used as dye?
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2006 11:37:16 AM »

Most plant based materials can dye your fabric but the fabric must be mordanted so that the dyes will fix to the fabric. Mordants can also affect the color. Mordants include metal salts like alum, tin, copper,and many others. Despite them being all-natural you should still take care in using them.  A rule that I hold true for everything in dyeing from using "natural dyes" to "chemical dyes" is that everything has some level of toxicity. i.e. at a certain level even salt is toxic.

Natural dyes will dye but they are not as washfast as a fiber reactive dye(i.e Dylon Cold Water dyes) wh/ actually bond on a molecular level with the fiber and are completely washfast once properly set and rinsed. Absolutley nothing will be lightfast, the sun is a viscious thief of color!

Check out Aurora Silks for some info.
And PBurch.net

Have fun!

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