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Garment Dye Processes

Garment Dye

Garment dye is special dye that is used to add color to finished garments. There are a number of advantages to using this dye to color finished garments as opposed to dying raw fabric or individual pieces, and many companies that offer dyeing and fabric finishing have a division specifically for this purpose. People can also use dye at home to revitalize old garments, or to change the color of a garment to a more appropriate or desirable shade.

In the garment industry, garment dyeing is often touted as a highly flexible and useful type of dyeing. With garment dye, a company can customize the color of a batch of garments, dyeing anywhere between one and 1,000 (or more) garments. This process can be used to create custom garments for specific events, and also to create stock to respond to demands for particular colors and styles. "Just in time dyeing," as it is sometimes called, can be used to manage inventory, ensuring that companies do not end up with an excess of unwanted clothes at the end of the season.

In addition to being used on new clothes designed for retail sale, garment dye can also be applied to used clothes. Some companies offer dyes as part of their restoration services for older garments; they can either re-dye a garment with a color similar to that used originally, or they can radically change the color. The dye can also cover up stains and faded spots, as in the case of a taupe jacket that is dyed navy so that it can be used again.

Reactive Dye

Fiber reactive dyes are textile dyes which form a covalent bond with the fibers of the textile, resulting in a long lasting, bright dye. They can be challenging to work with and more expensive than conventional fabric dyes, but many crafters prefer them. Many craft stores sell fiber reactive dyes, as do some Internet retails, usually specifying which fibers the dye is designed to work with. In addition to the dye itself, salt and soda ash are necessary to set the dye.

The earliest fiber reactive dyes were designed to interact with cellulose fibers, such as cotton, linen, and hemp. When these materials are treated with soda ash to raise their pH, the fiber reactive dye interacts with the cellulose molecules, forming a permanent bond. Other fiber reactive dyes are designed for use with proteins like silk and wool, and some companies also offer variants for polymer based fabrics like polyester. After the clothing is rinsed and dried, the dye sets, and it will not come out.

Clothing colored with fiber reactive dyes will not bleed in washing or fade, unless exposed to bright light. This is why the dyes are popular for tie-dyes and batik, which often feature brightly colored patterns. Fiber reactive dyes can also be used for solid colors, or to paint on an assortment of textiles. The colorfastness and fade resistance of fiber reactive dyes makes them excellent choices for children's clothing and other textiles which need to be washed frequently.

Direct Dye

Direct dyes are a class of hot water dyes for use on cellulose fibers, such as cotton. It is one of the two types of dyes that are mixed in 'all purpose dyes' such as Rit, Tintex Hot Water dye, and Dylon Multi-purpose Dye.(The other type in the mixture is an acid dye, which will not stay in any cellulose fiber for long.)

Pigment Dye

A type of dye used to create a distressed or washed look. Pigment dyes are not dyes at all; instead, they are fabric paints, which, since they are applied only to the outside of each textile fiber, tend to wear off quickly, which gives the application of color the impression of being much older than it is.

Distress Dye

Tie Dye

Is a process of tying and dyeing a piece of fabric or cloth which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; typically using bright colors. It is a modern version of traditional dyeing methods used in many cultures throughout the world. "Tie-dye" can also describe the resulting pattern or an item which features this pattern.

Tie-dyeing is accomplished by folding the material into a pattern, and binding it with string or rubber bands. Dye is then applied to only parts of the material. The ties prevent the entire material from being dyed. Designs are formed by applying different colors of dyes to different sections of the wet fabric. A wet t-shirt is much easier to dye than a dry t-shirt. Once complete, the material is rinsed, and the dye is set.

Mineral Wash

Mineral washing was known as "acid washing" in the 1980s and was most commonly done with denim jeans, giving them a colored look that stood out from conventional denim. Mineral washing is not limited to just jeans, however. Shirts, socks and other fabrics are capable of mineral washing. The process requires some basic materials and the end result gives you a personalized wardrobe that speaks to your creativity.

Sulfur Dye

Sulfur dyes are the most commonly used dyes manufactured for cotton in terms of volume. They are cheap, generally have good wash-fastness and are easy to apply. The dyes are absorbed by cotton from a bath containing sodium sulfide or sodium hydrosulfite and are made insoluble within the fiber by oxidation. During this process these dyes form complex larger molecules which is the basis of their good wash-fastness.

These dyes have good all round fastness except to chlorine. Due to the highly polluting nature of the dye-bath effluent, slowly sulfur dyes are being phased out. Sulfur dyes are primarily used for dark colors such as blacks, browns, and dark blues. The deep indigo blues of denim blue jeans are a product of sulfur dyes.Sulfur dyes are water insoluble. They have to be treated with a reducing agent and an alkali at temperature of around 80 degrees Celsius where the dye breaks into small particles which then becomes water soluble and hence can be absorbed by the fabric.

Stone Wash

Stone washing is a textile manufacturing process used to give a newly manufactured cloth garment a worn-out appearance. Stone-washing also helps to increase the softness and flexibility of otherwise stiff and rigid fabrics such as canvas and denim. The process uses large stones to roughen up the fabric being processed. The garments are placed in a large horizontal industrial clothes washer that is also filled with large stones. As the wash cylinder rotates, the cloth fibers are repeatedly pounded and beaten as the tumbling stones ride up the paddles inside the drum and fall back down onto the fabric.

Vintage Wash

Similar to a dirty washed denim, the vintage wash is less focused on the distressing and more focused on creating an old-look to the denim. A vintage wash will have that "worn-in" look strategically placed in areas of the denim where it would naturally occur if worn over a long period of time. Often times a hue will also be added to the fabric to make it look extra-aged.

Lab Dip

A lab dip is a swatch of fabric test dyed to hit a color standard. It is a process by which buyer’s supplied swatch is matched with the varying dyes percentage in the laboratory with or without help of spectrophotometer. Lab dip plays an important role in shade matching & this is an important task before bulk production.

Fabric We Can Dye
  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Tencel
  • Denim
  • Silk
  • Nylon

  • Linings
  • and much more...

We can dye:
  • Shirts
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
  • Blouses
  • Pants
  • Skirts

  • Shorts
  • And a lot of other garments...

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