Fiber Reactive Dye in Shakers
We have been tie-dyeing since 2013, and our love for the process is just as strong as the end product. We are excited to announce that we are creating DIY tie dye and ice dye kits so you all can get in on the action! This listing in particular is great if you need extra colors for your dye projects. We chose to go the extra mile and put our dyes in eco-friendly glass jars that can be re-used when done. The shaker lids make ice dying extremely convenient, yield better results, and are a whole lot less messy!
- Professional-grade fiber reactive dye color(s) of your choice (1 oz each)
- Glass (better for the environment) jars with shaker lids
WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO START ICE DYING WITH THESE DYES?
- Soda Ash
- Protective gloves and mask
- Rubber bands or string for creating designs
- Ice or snow
- Warm water
- Bucket (or a container of some sort to submerge clothing in)
- A tarp or something to protect the surface you are working on
- A shallow bin for the ice dye process (this is optional, but makes it much less messy!)
- A place to wash the clothes out
- A wash machine
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This kit is great for adults and children! We just recommend that children are supervised and assisted. Fiber reactive dyes are very fine and can travel easily if you aren't careful. Having a well-prepared work area is the best plan of action. You will allow the clothes to sit overnight or at least 8 hours before washing them.
HOW IS THIS SUSTAINABLE?
The shaker lid makes these incredibly easy to use for ice dying! We chose to use glass jars instead of plastic to be more eco-friendly. Please clean and re-use your jars when you are finished with them.
WHY WE DON'T USE NATURAL DYES
The fiber reactive dyes are actually considered more sustainable than natural dyes in many aspects.
There are many downsides to naturals dyes; they are less permanent, more difficult to apply, less wash fast, and most require the use of mordants, which bond to the fiber on one end and the dye molecule on the other, some of which are highly toxic. Color possibilities are more limited with natural dyes, even if one is willing to use the more toxic mordants and modifiers. Some of the metals, such as chromium and tin, are extremely toxic. Even copper and iron mordants can be dangerous if misused because over time they can build up in the body and cause harmful effects. Alum, Aluminum Sulfate, is the most popular and least toxic of the mordants, however, it is an irritant, and may be harmful if ingested, so it should be used with care.
The last problem with natural dyes is the amount of water and heat used. First, the fiber must be mordanted in one simmering bath, while the dyestuffs simmer in another to extract the actual dye molecules from the plant or insect material. Once the fiber is mordanted and the extract is ready, then the fiber must be simmered in the dye extract. In the end, the fiber must be washed to remove the extra dye that didn't fix to the fabric and plant material that was not properly filtered from the extract. While there are ways to mordant while the fiber is in the extract bath, the results tend to be less brilliant and only reduce the water usage by about a third. This process takes a lot of time and energy compared to Fiber Reactive type dyes, which can be used with low water immersion techniques and do not require hot water or simmering for long periods of time.
ONE LAST THING...
*Please note that Soda Ash is necessary for fiber reactive dyes. We recommend 1 cup of soda ash per gallon of warm water to pre-soak garments. Many Ice Dye kits and Tie Dye kits either do not include soda ash at all, or they use a very small amount. This will cause your dyes to fade quicker and come off in the wash. For even better results, we recommend using a textile detergent specifically designed for tie dye when washing out dyed garments for the first time. Please contact us if you would like to order some*