Sydney Sydney
I need to know what kind of dyes I should use for painting some silk scarves. I used acid dyes, but I can't get dark colors. Should I try different dyes? I use soda ash as the presoak and need to know what is safe for the silk. I don't have the room or time to steam the silk.

Thank you!
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Asher Asher
Sydney,
When it comes to dyeing, it is important to be sure that your dyestuff, your fabric and your fixing agent/method are compatible. If you are using acid dyes with soda ash, then I'm not surprised that you're having a hard time getting "dark colors!" Acid dyes are meant to be used with an acid, such as white vinegar or citric. Here is link to instructions for using acid dyes: http://jacquardproducts.com/assets/jacquard-site/product-pages/dyes/acid/Acid%20Dye%20Instructions.pdf. Soda ash is meant for use with an entirely different class of dyes, called fiber reactive dyes. Jacquard offers Procion MX. This is the dye to use if you are pre-soaking in soda ash. Here are instructions: http://jacquardproducts.com/assets/jacquard-site/product-pages/dyes/procion-mx/Procion%20MX%20Instructions.pdf. If you want to stick with acid dyes, just pre-soak in vinegar. Alternatively, you can use Jacquard Silk Colors (http://jacquardproducts.com/silk-colors.html). Green Label Silk Colors can be set with a chemical called Permanent Dye Set Concentrate (http://jacquardproducts.com/permanent-dyeset-concentrate.html). Red Label Silk Colors must be steam set. Actually, all the dyes I've mentioned can be steam set, which would eliminate the use of chemicals altogether... You have so many options!
I hope this is helpful.
Best,
Asher
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Sydney Sydney
Thank you! I am relatively new to dyeing fabrics, so this helped me a lot.
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