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Natural clothing dyes
Hi everyone.
Im looking for natural things I could use to dye clothes. Im going to get a pair of white leggings & would like to dye them a very pale pink. Kind of the color your whites turn when you accidently throw in a red sock.

Just wondering about food coloring & Kool Aide... do you think they would work or would it wash out?

Are there any other natural alternatives you guys can think of to dye clothes (not just pink but other colors too). I know about coffee & tea which are both great. I just really hate chemical dyes.

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Great topic!

I don't know much about this; I used to use procion dye, but I am guessing that is what you would consider a chemical dye?

This site might get you started.

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kool aide probably counts as a chemical dye!

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there is an ancient art of dyeing with persimmon juice.




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kool aide probably counts as a chemical dye!
LOL well I just mean no prepackaged junk like Rite Dye or anything that would have an strong odor that might hurt my parrot.

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there is an ancient art of dyeing with persimmon juice.
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I have a pair of kakishibu-dyed (is that redundant?) jeans, the color is beautiful!

Mine are garment-dyed, the rope-dyed (yarn-dyed?) ones are really costly.

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that's not redundant since kakishibu-dyed is kakishibu-zome.
yes kakishibu-dyed jeans are interesting and cool and slightly dangerous!



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four-o'clock (right?)












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grape




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runner, fantastic!

How are the kakishibu-dyed jeans dangerous?

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I didn't mean it is poisonous.
sorry tangerine
kakishibu can be from tan to almost anthracite.
but don't some of kakishibu-dyed jeans have some bad boy feeling about them
and look dangerous?




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Quote:
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I didn't mean it is poisonous.
sorry tangerine
kakishibu can be from tan to almost anthracite.
but don't some of kakishibu-dyed jeans have some bad boy feeling about them
and look dangerous?
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Whew! I was hoping that's what you meant.

Yes, I look very dangerous!

Sorry about the delayed response!

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You probably want to buy unbleached cotton too--it takes a lot of chemicals to make stuff white.

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wow- i missed this the first time around...
interesting stuff...

i guess wine would make a reasonably good dye...
or any type of grape juice or blueberry juice...etc...

*btw- rit dye does not produce any sort of odor and is not toxic in any way in my experience...
i don't think it would bother a parrot- unless you were planning to DYE the parrot...!!...


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I like the shades that come from grapes.

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