Inkodye is a vat dye that is ready to use right from the bottle. It is the most permanent type of dye available for natural fibers. It will not stiffen fabric and is able to withstand strong soaps, boiling water, rubbing, dry-cleaning, common bleaches and sunlight for moderate periods of time.
Inkodye is the world's only light-sensitive textile dye. Inkodye can be brushed, dipped, rolled, stamped, stenciled, screen printed, and more! Works on most natural fibers such as cotton, rayon, linen, wool, silk, and even leather, wood, and unglazed ceramics. Won't fade or rub off, and fabrics remain soft to the touch.
8 oz / 237 ml - Makes approximately 8 prints (12 x 12 inches or 30 x 30 cm)
- Develops in sunlight - Sun painting with shapes, stencils, screen printing, stenciling, hand painting, block printing or spraying
- Ready to use out of the bottle
- Use on Cotton, Viscose Rayon, Linen and Raw Silk
- 8oz (237ml)
Print using Light
Step 1: Apply Inkodye Ink (inkocap roller used, sold separately)
Step 2: Apply a Stencil or any opaque objects
Step 3: Expose to direct Sunlight
Step 4: Wash using Inkowash, or a strong detergent. Voila!
Color Development Methods
SUNLIGHT or UV
Exposure to sunlight is the preferred means of developing Inkodye colors. After the dye is applied, expose the dyed fabric to warm direct sunlight. Sunlight filtered through window glass is somewhat less effective because glass prevents much of the necessary UV light from reaching the fabric, hence development will take longer. The same applies when working on cloudy or overcast days. A full-spectrum UV light will also develop the dyes but will also take longer than natural direct sunlight. It should be noted that colors that have been diluted with water take approximately ten percent longer to develop than full strength dyes.
Development by ironing can be accomplished while the dye is slightly damp on the fabric or after it has dried. If the dye has already dried, using steam during the ironing process will hasten development. Adjust the iron to the "cotton" setting and iron the fabric SLOWLY. Do not rush. As long as fuming continues, development is taking place. Inkodye fumes are not considered toxic but can be disagreeable. Use adequate ventilation and common sense. If the fabric you are using is subject to scorching, use a steam iron. Development by iron is not recommended for raw silk.
Baking the dyed fabric in an oven at 280°F will also develop the colors. It is important that the temperature not go over 280°. A flat piece of fabric placed on a cookie sheet will develop in about 5 minutes. A bound piece of fabric will take from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Baking is not recommended for any fabric treated with a wax or solvent-based resist, due to the hazard of fire. Steaming in a pressure cooker or an autoclave at 3 pounds pressure for 20 minutes is will also develop these dyes.