With our kits you can do many different wonderful designs from single colors to tie-dye to eco printing, there are tons of possibilities. Navigate around this page to learn more about our dye kits and the processes involved.
What is Scouring & Mordanting?
Scouring is a fancy word for cleaning but it is also much deeper than a typical washing machine. For this we use soda ash as it removes oils and dirt from the fiber that normally do not wash out. After we clean the fabric we mordant it. Mordanting is the process of adding a binder to the shirt to help the dye soak in better. For this step we use Alum Acetate as it is one of the safest and most eco-friendly mordanting materials for natural dyes and cellulose fibers. Once the fabric has been scoured an mordanted we suggest you fix the mordant with a chalk water bath, this will help the mordant stay fixed to the shirt and keep the dye in the shirt for longer reducing fading from washing.
Why natural dye?
Natural dyeing at home requires about as much water as dyeing in a factory but the effects on the planet and our waste water is huge. Every material we use can be disposed of safely back into nature where it came from. We do this to ensure a lower eco footprint and to raise awareness of how devastating dyeing is. There are places around the world that have said they know the fashionable color of the season by the color of their rivers. This should not continue. We can make our own beautiful colors from nature and have fun doing it. What is not to love about natural dyeing?
Giving instructions for natural tie dye is tough to do which is why in general we just recommend that you have fun! If you really would like to try natural tie-dye here is our quick breakdown that you can follow until we can get our videos uploaded. We recommend to follow the normal dyeing instructions but let the fabric dry after the chalk bath. Then, instead of the normal dye bath, do not dilute the dye very much, just enough so you have enough dye to cover the area's you would like to. Then tie-dye similarly to the way you normally would, keeping in mind that you will need to use much more of this dye than you do with tie-dye but you can still get wonderful prints based on the shapes you tie.
Many dyes interact with tannins and iron making them perfect for eco-printing with colors! If you want to try eco-printing and overdyeing, we recommend you scour and mordant the fabric with the chalk bath. Then with your vinegar soaked eco prints, dip them in an iron bath and apply to the mordanted fabric. After you remove the eco-print you can overdye everything for amazing results! The iron and tannins in the eco-prints mixed with madder turns dark giving you browns, oranges, and pinks while on weld the mixture gives olive greens and browns to compliment the yellow of the weld. If you are new to eco-dyeing look up some of the links we have here for you or give it a search yourself! It is quite easy and fun to do.