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Lumi Inkodye

Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
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Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
Lumi Inkodye
₱ 375
₱ 750
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  • Model: Lumi-Inkodye

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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!



Intermixing of Inkodye colors follow the same rules as does the blending of pigments: e.g., blue plus red produces purple, orange plus blue will make gray, etc. Pastel hues can be achieved by mixing any color with water at a ratio of 1:3 or 1:5, Inko:water. Like all dyes, Inkodye colors are transparent and will produce secondary colors when one color is applied over another. To lower the intensity of a color, add increasing amounts of the complement color. Water may be used when it's desirable to reduce the consistency, for application techniques like tie-dye, dipping or spraying. Because the final color cannot be seen until development, it is recommended that you test your color blends during the mixing process by developing small samples with a hot iron. IMPORTANT: Because of its sensitivity, handling of Inkodye (color mixing, thinning, thickening and application) should be done in subdued light. For best results, keep Inkodye stored in opaque plastic or dark glass containers, away from light or heat and purchase dye in quantities that will be used within 2 years.

Color Development Methods


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.

Application Techniques


Screen-printing with Inkodye requires a somewhat finer screen fabric than you might normally use. For most purposes a 12XX is best, but for unusually fine lines a 14XX is needed. If working with fabric that has a particularly dense pile or course texture a 10XX screen will produce the best results. To print, use any type of water resisting stencil. Hold the squeegee blade at a 45° angle and use a moderately firm stroke. Make 2 to 4 passes as needed, depending on the requirements of the fabric. When using 2 or more colors you can either develop each color as it is printed or allow each color to dry before printing another color and then develop all the colors at the same time. After color development, rinse thoroughly and wash immediately in a machine in warm water and Synthrapol or Prof. Textile Detergent.


For tie-dyeing Inkodye must be thinned with water. To dilute, simply mix the dye and water in a non-metallic container to the desired consistency­do this in subdued light. Dilute the Inkodye with 2 to 5 parts water. A 2:1 water to dye ratio will produce strong, vivid color; 5 parts water to 1 part dye will give you more pastels colors. A 4-ounce bottle of Inkodye diluted with 8 ounces of water will dye a shirt. Using twine, sinew or rubber bands, fold and tie your fabric into the desired pattern. You can also stitch resist designs into your fabric. To apply the dye to the fabric you can use either the dip method or directly apply the dye by brushing it on or using a squeeze bottle. To dip, pour the diluted dye into a non-metallic container big enough to hold the item to be dyed. Using rubber gloves, immerse the fabric in the dye solution, turning and kneading until all areas are wet. When finished, gently press out any excess dye. To develop the dye using sunlight, simply spread the fabric out in the sun or under a strong UV light, making sure to turn and rearrange it every few minutes. Baking the fabric at 280°F for up to 1 hour will also develop the dye. (If using waxed sinew or rubber bands baking is not recommended.) Do not strive for complete development of every area as the differences in degree of development create intricate tone and color variation. After development, first rinse the fabric in water then remove ties. Then wash immediately in a machine in warm water and Synthrapol or Prof. Textile Detergent.

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