Hi! How are you doing dear Tantu Enthusiast? I had a highly refreshing time at my native welcoming monsoon 🙂 I know, I know, you are waiting for a new post… So, I am back with another project 🙂
Dyeing Project 1
A few weeks ago, I received a request. It was about dyeing. The request was from Chethana S Bhat, regular reader of Tantu, a relative of mine. I knew I have to concentrate to take a simple method. So, I am posting a non-technical dyeing method.
White or light colour fabric. I chose a white kameez of mine to dye.
Fabric Paint: I chose red and pink fabric paint to get an intermediate colour.
Small tumbler/mug/bucket as dye bath
I had chosen a white kameez of mine to dye. So, I can use any colour fabric paint. If you choose a coloured material, then the choices are made carefully. Colour of material influences choice of dyeing colour. Here I have provided two links for reference:
My aim was to re-colour and redesign the kameez. So, I cut it at the waistline level.
I ripped off the side seam (as the garment is to be renovated).
Later I wetted the dyeing material and squeezed well. This is to make sure even dye (here paint) penetration.
Then I prepared dye bath. I took about 150ml of water in a mug. This is enough to completely immerse the dyeing material. I added red and pink fabric paint, 15ml each.
I entered the squeezed material into dye bath.
Then I squeezed the garment out. I opened it flat over a newspaper and dried. I checked for even dying. If dyeing is uneven, the same colour liquid can be sprinkled and dried again.
After wetting the fabric, slightly diluted fabric paint can be sprayed by hand.
I ironed the dried material. Finally it gave stone washed effect as follows.
Now this piece is ready for renovation work. Posting the second half in future 🙂
I have to tell you about an alternative method. It is a technical method of dyeing using a spray gun. This method results in solid (meaning: even, not shaded) dyeing.
There are a number of fabric spray gun types available in the US and the UK market. If you are living Bengaluru or other cities in India, hopefully you will get it in any stores listed in this useful link: http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.in/2011/04/craft-supply-stores-in-india.html
If not, spray guns are also available in hardware shops. These can also be used for textiles. You may check here:
Janson Hardware, Bengaluru
Address: No. 6, 9th Cross, H. Siddaiah Road , Bengaluru – 560 027, Karnataka, India Phone: +(91)-80-22226648
Azmeera & Sons, Bengaluru
Address: No. 16, S. P. Road , Bengaluru – 560 002, Karnataka, India
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