Love to Dye Your Own?

Hi! How are you doing dear Tantu Enthusiast? I had a highly refreshing time at my native welcoming monsoon ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I know, you are waiting for a new post… So, I am back with another project ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 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.

ย 11T White Kameez

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.

11T 2 Cutting

I ripped off the side seam (as the garment is to be renovated).

11T 3 Seam Ripping

Later I wetted the dyeing material and squeezed well. This is to make sure even dye (here paint) penetration.

ย 11T 4 Wetting

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.

ย 11t 5Dye Bath

I entered the squeezed material into dye bath.

11t 6 material in 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.

ย 11T 7Drying

Alternative method:

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.

ย 11t 8 Ironed Material

Now this piece is ready for renovation work. Posting the second half in future ๐Ÿ™‚

Spray Method:

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:

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

Phone: +(91)-80-41140080

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Bye until the next post!


A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


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  9. Hi Sindhoooo
    This is awesome. Will this work on any type of cloth like rayon, silk, lenin etc.. too?
    Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Bhuvana! Happy to see you again! Thank you so much!

      Yes, Acrylic fabric paints work well on almost all the types of fabrics, as these paints contain pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. These form a dried layer on the fabric making it slightly stiff. There are separate ready-to-use silk paints for silk fabric in the market too. But, I suggest you to try on a pre-washed sample piece before experimenting on the actual fabric.

      If you don’t want the fabric to be stiff, then you need to opt specified dyeing method only. I hope this information would help you!

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation dear! Keep visiting! TC!

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