Dyeing Cashmere

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Cashmere is a luxuriously soft fabric that everyone loves, especially in the cooler months.  We love to slip on a cozy sweater when it is cold outside (or even bring a soft wrap for cool summer nights).  

"Cashmere fiber provides a natural light-weight insulation without bulk. Cashmere fibers are highly adaptable and are easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, and light to heavy-weight fabrics. Due to the fiber fineness and scale structure cashmere is very soft to the touch." 
(via: keep the fleece)
The Kashmir goat is responsible for Cashmere

Kashmir GoatsWhen you treat cashmere delicately you can easily update the colour with fabric dye. Results may vary for projects depending on the dyeing technique, so we always suggest using the hand dyeing method when possible (If you are nervous, practice the hand dyeing method on a test garment).

Turn a white sweater Tan Beige:

Cashmere dyed sweater

Or try Midnight Blue...

Or mix a custom colour to match your mood...

Tips to Hand Dye Cashmere

Reduce shrinkage: make an outline of the garment before dyeing 

Mix Dyeing Solution: dissolve required amount of dye in hot water *always check garment care label to know how hot water can be (some garments can only tolerate slightly warm water, Tintex works best with the hottest water a garment can tolerate)

Dyeing: add the clean wet garment to enough water, so it moves freely and is completely covered 

Cool Down: allow garment to cool in dye bath until lukewarm, stir constantly (but avoid twisting) for at least 30 minutes 

Rinsing: rinse in lukewarm water and cold water, until water is clear (you could drain and then refill with clean water if using a sink) 

Squeeze Gently: remove as much water as possible (don't wring or twist). If needed, you could blot garment with a old dark towel: roll garment and towel together while pressing down gently (the towel will help absorb excess water). Repeat if necessary.

Dry: lay garment flat after matching pre-dyeing outline 

Clean Up: clean container or sink using an appropriate cleanser, bleach and clean water.  There are many tips available to help you wash delicate cashmere garments.

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  1. Tintex April 22, 2019

    Hi Tania,

    It is possible to dye wool/cashmere. It is good to be careful with delicate material. Tintex can dye delicates and hand dyeing may be the best technique. It is good to be familiar with dyeing fabric before you dye a delicate garment. Optionally, you could practice your technique on a sample piece of fabric or an inexpensive piece of clothing first.

    If you love blue, you could over-dye with Midnight, Royal or Navy Blue. When you over-dye blue on existing pink, you may end up with a purple/blue (depending on how bright the pink is, it could become more purple than blue).

    Optionally, you could lighten the existing pink colour with Colour Remover (until it is off-white or cream base colour). After the base colour is suitable, you can dye with any of our blues or use Purple or Dark Plum.

    If you decide to experiment wth dyeing a new colour, you could start with the lightest colour first since you can dye a darker colour after (instead of lightening a dark colour).

    Tintex Fabric Dye

  2. Tania K Conley April 22, 2019

    Cashmere hoodie that has a tie dye effect white to pink (waist to bottom and lower arm-sleeve to cuffs..but its a hot pink that I don’t like. The thing is the hoodie is on sale and only colour-so I’d like to try and dye it darker…more blue tones or purple might be easier…I don’t know which dyes are safe

  3. M. Baker December 04, 2018