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What's the best tie dye kit?

Asked by ubersiren (15208points) July 8th, 2009

My last and favorite tie dye shirt is falling apart. I need a new one. Is there a really good kit out there that is easy to use and delivers really deep, rich, lasting color?

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marinelife's avatar

Why use a kit? It is not that hard to do on your own.

ubersiren's avatar

Well, this article lists the items you need, and a kit is just a way to buy all the items in one place. I’m wondering which brands dye the best.

sandystrachan's avatar

This is the dye i used before , its a UK site but amazon sells it—not sure if you get it in USA . DYLON.
Remember the elastic bands , and don’t forget to send me one ahahahah.

elocin's avatar

If you don’t mind ordering online, you might want to check out Dharma Trading Co’s line of natural fiber dyes called Procion. They’re one of the more intense, color-fast dyes I’ve encountered for cotton, and they have kits! They also sell many different dye-able garments including t-shirts stitched with cotton thread so that the stitching dyes too instead of staying white (most commercial t-shirts are sewn with polyester thread which does not take).

Aljo also has really good dyes with similar color-fastness, but they’re more geared towards professionals. You can totally order and use their dye as a hobbyist, but dharma is just generally more user-friendly if you’re not a serious dyer.

Finally, if you just wanted something readily available, most grocery/drug stores carry Rit or Tintex in the laundry aisle. It’s very easy to use, develops with salt as opposed to something harder to find like soda ash, and gives good color.

Whatever you use, be sure to wear a particle mask when handling dry dye powder and protective gloves when handling dye in any state. This goes for soda ash as well which is rather caustic. Have fun!

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