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RIT Dye oe Indigo Dye or Tie Dye Shop

Postby michaelcrace » 25 May 2012, 11:07

Anyone know were I can get dye to show my kids how to do tie dye in their school. Maybe some type of indigo dye like they use at these dye shops sattered around Taiwan wold be good.

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Re: RIT Dye oe Indigo Dye or Tie Dye Shop

Postby Dragonbones » 25 May 2012, 11:33

Tailung Hands in Breeze used to have some (tiny, overpriced bottles), 5 years ago.
Chemical shops on Tianshui Rd. should have some. You have to specify the fabric, and understand Chinese.

Ordering from DharmaTrading in the US is better if you want English info. Try these:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3 ... =dyes.html and be sure to get the soda ash fixative too.
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Re: RIT Dye oe Indigo Dye or Tie Dye Shop

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 25 May 2012, 12:28

Dragonbones wrote:Tailung Hands in Breeze used to have some (tiny, overpriced bottles), 5 years ago.
Chemical shops on Tianshui Rd. should have some. You have to specify the fabric, and understand Chinese.

Ordering from DharmaTrading in the US is better if you want English info. Try these:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3 ... =dyes.html and be sure to get the soda ash fixative too.


Chemical shops only sells industrial dyes, they have procion H, direct dyes (basically RIT dyes), Alkaline dyes, alcohol dyes (good for finishing), and acid/food dyes. All of those dyes require heat for it to set. They do NOT sell procion MX type dyes which is the best for tie dye because they do not require heat and are permanent. The only way I know of is getting it from Dharma Tradings.

If you use a rice cooker you can buy the Procion H dyes from the chemical store and steam set them... use it as you would Procion MX but heat set it. Do not follow the instruction on the bottle (which basically tells you to use a dye fixative to "fix" the dyes, it is not as permanent as allowing it to react with the cloth fiber). They also sell dispersion dye which is used for polyesters.
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Re: RIT Dye oe Indigo Dye or Tie Dye Shop

Postby Dragonbones » 25 May 2012, 13:09

Taiwan Luthiers wrote:Chemical shops...do NOT sell procion MX type dyes which is the best for tie dye because they do not require heat and are permanent. The only way I know of is getting it from Dharma Tradings.


Yup, I agree with TL here. I like (and linked to) the ProcionMX type for tie dye. I've had very good results with those, and have never had trouble with ordering from Dharma Trading.
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