DIY Dyeing

DIY Dyeing

Clothes are not a single-use commodity.
 
The ever-escalating pace of fashion has turned clothing into a single-use commodity. With new trends every day, perfectly fine clothing pieces are deemed out of fashion and encouraged to be discarded for newer versions.
 
Following is the DIY method to refresh your older outfits by giving them a brand new hue:
 
DIY dyeing steps for clothes
 
PREPARING THE DYE BATH
Here’s a list of natural dye substitutes you can use -
  1. Ground turmeric - yellow color
  2. Red cabbage - purple color
  3. Spinach - green color
  4. Beetroot - pink color
  5. Yellow onion skins - orange color
 
Add chopped natural material of your choice to a pot. Add double the amount of water to the plant material in the pot. Bring the pot to a boil, and simmer for about an hour. Strain and collect the dye and return it to the pot.
 
PREPARING THE FABRIC WITH A FIXATIVE
 
The fabric needs to be soaked in a color fixative to get it ready for the dye bath. This process will help set the color in the fabric
 
Alum is a commonly used non-toxic fixative, other alternatives such as a salt fixative for berry-based dyes and vinegar fixative for plant-based dyes can also be used
 
Proportions and timing for fixative -
Salt fixative - 1/2 cup salt in 8 cups of water - boil for 1 hr
Vinegar fixative - one part vinegar to four parts water - boil for 1 hr
 
Once done with the process, rinse your fabric under cold water.
 
DYEING THE FABRIC
 
Take the wet fabric once it's done with the fixative bath and simmer it in your die bath until the desired color is obtained. Soak the fabric in the dye bath overnight for a stronger shade.
 
Once done, wash the fabric separately and hand dry it. The color of the fabric might become lighter once it's dried.
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