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Steam dyeing

How to use phillacolor natural dyes, acquerelli and tempere
Dyeing process “by absorption” at temperature of 90° for the creation of different colours shades. Limited quantity of water is required. The natural dyes “DYE”, "ACQUERELLI", "TEMPERE" and "BATIK" can be used to dye all the materials 100% naturally sourced, animal or vegetable, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen. However, they are not recommended to dye synthetics.
The dyeing can be made on fibres, yarns, cloths, clothing and textiles products.


To prepare the material to be dyed follow the mordanting instruction. Click on this banner to view the instructions.

Necessary tools

  • Paint brush
  • Dropper
  • Roller or pipette
  • Clear plastic
  • Steamer

Methods of use

  • Prepare on the work surface a cling film to keep the item warm and arrange the cloth slightly damp on the film.
  • Take the chosen colours Dye and mix them, then use a cold roller, a paint brush or a pipette to star to create the shades or the pattern selected
  • Arrange other cling film layer above the cloth, close all the sides and roll it. Then, take the roll and steam it for at least 1 hour.
  • Allow to cool, wrap it and remove the cling film that may be recycled for another work
  • Wait the complete drying (do not dye with flat iron), then wash it with water at room temperature
  • Dry the cloth on a flat surface and iron it when dry (do not use steam)
Tempera dosage tableAcquerelli dosage table

Colorfastness and maintenance

The colorfastness is the material’s colour’s resistance to fading or running, the resistance of the color of the textile to various external factors, like washing, sun exposure, friction, perspiration, humidity.

The degree of fastness of our colors is 3/4 on 5.

For the maintenence we recommend:

  • hand wash fabrics and garments at 30°C with mild neutral soap on a ratio 1/20 (1kg of garments in 20 liters
  • do a delicate cycle (excluding felt))
  • dry flat
  • iron with no steam

For clothes we suggest to wash on reserve side and iron on right side.