[Dress, Scarves, Flowers] How to Dye Silk Fabric at Home? Update 07/2022

Silk is a fabric that has been used for hundreds of years. Natural silk fabric is white, and it was not dyed commercially in the early days of silk use. If someone wished to change the color, they had to dye it themselves. How to dye silk at home, however, if you want to change the color of your fabric?

The best way to dye silk fabric at home is:

  1. Select your color.
  2. In a pot, combine the water and the dye.
  3. On the stove, heat the water and dye.
  4. In the saucepan, place the silk fabric.
  5. Allow the dye to seep into the fabric.
  6. Take the fabric out of the dye bath.
  7. Allow drying after rinsing.

Silk was dyed at home before commercial dyes were produced, using natural materials. Natural dyes can still be utilized, but commercial dyes make the procedure easier. I’ll show you how to dye silk cloth at home with both commercial and natural dyes, as well as how to remove dye from silk.

How to Dye Silk Fabric at Home

Can You Dye Silk Fabric?

The good news is that silk may be dyed using a variety of colours and processes at home. Silk takes most dyes very well if you use the right dye and follow the instructions.
Silk is considered a delicate fabric, yet because it is a natural fabric, it holds dye quite well. Natural silk can be dyed using a variety of different dyes. Acid dye, fiber reactive dye, and natural dye are some of the most popular types of dye.

Is It Hard To Dye Silk?

Silk is a relatively simple fabric to dye if the fabric is properly prepared. The fibers of silk cloth may not keep the color as effectively as they should if you don’t take the appropriate steps to dye it. To do so, soak the fabric in warm water for a few minutes to open up the fibers. This is how you do it.
  1. To remove any oils or residue from the fabric, fill a pail with warm, soapy water.
  2. Fill the bucket with clean water that is about 140 degrees Fahrenheit and empty it. If necessary, boil water to pour into the bucket, but keep the temperature below 140 degrees to avoid damaging the cloth.
  3. Allow the cloth to soak in the water for several hours or overnight, allowing the water to cool down gradually while the fabric soaks.

Silk Dyeing Techniques

When it comes to dyeing silk, there are a few options in terms of different types of dye. I gave you a quick overview of some of the many types of dyes, but now it’s time to look at some specialized dyes for silk.

Commercial Dyes

Commercial dyes are any dye that comes in a pre-packaged container and can be purchased online or in a craft store. Rit dye, Dylon dye, food coloring, and even Kool-Aid are some examples. Because the majority of these dyes are acid dyes, they perform well on protein fabrics like silk. Chemicals are used to color the fabric with dyes.

Natural Dyes

Any form of dye that you extract yourself from plants or plant materials is referred to as a natural dye. Almost any species of plant can be used as a natural dye, providing you a wide range of colors to choose from.
Silk can be dyed using vegetables, flowers, and even coffee and tea. However, keep in mind that some natural dyes may not produce the same vibrant colors as commercial dyes, so you may need to perform extra measures before dyeing.

How To Dye Silk Fabric At Home

Rit Dye

Because it is an all-purpose dye, Rit Dye is one of the most popular commercial fabric dyes.
This implies it will work on any sort of fabric, including silk. It also comes in a variety of hues.
After you’ve decided on a color, check out this video to learn how to apply it.
This video shows how to dye cotton fabric, but there are certain changes to do if you want to dye silk.

Dylon Dye

Dylon 87079 Permanent Fabric Dye, Bahama Blue, 1.75-Ounce

There are two types of Dylon dye:
  1. Fabric dyeing pods that can be used in the washing machine
  2. dyed by hand
Dylon dye can be used to dye silk, but Dylon Hand Dye is required.
Fabrics like silk and wool don’t work well in the washing machine.
To learn how to utilize it, watch this video.

Food Coloring

Food Coloring AmeriColor - Bright White Soft Gel Paste, .75 Ounce

Protein fibers like silk and wool can be dyed using food coloring or Kool-Aid. The majority of food coloring is liquid, whereas Kool-Aid is practically powdered food coloring. If you use Kool-Aid packets instead of liquid food coloring, you’ll have a wider range of colors to pick from.
To dye silk cloth with food coloring or Kool-Aid, follow these steps:
  1. Add enough water to a big saucepan to completely cover the fabric you want to dye. For every quart of water, add 14 cup of vinegar.
  2. Allow 30 minutes for the fabric to soak in the mixture.
  3. Remove the cloth from the pot and bring the water and vinegar mixture to a low simmer on the burner.
  4. If using food coloring, sprinkle a few drops into the water at a time and mix well. To evaluate the color, dip a paper towel in after every few drips.
  5. If you’re using Kool-Aid, pour one packet of the desired color into the water at a time and swirl until it dissolves. To test the color, use a paper towel.
  6. Place the fabric in the simmering water once you’ve achieved your desired hue.
  7. Allow the fabric to absorb the dye until it reaches the desired hue or the water clears.
  8. Allow the water to cool to room temperature after turning off the heat.
  9. Using cold water, rinse the fabric until the water runs clean.
  10. Allow the fabric to air dry after gently squeezing out excess water.

How Do You Dye Silk Naturally

How Do You Dye Silk Naturally

Plants are the most common source of natural dyes. Natural dyes have the advantage of being less expensive than commercial dyes. This is due to the fact that you can utilize items you already have at home (such as flowers and leaves) or buy fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets or the supermarket.
One of the disadvantages of utilizing natural dye is that you must mordant your clothing before using it. This is a time-consuming additional step. However, it is required because it will aid in the fabric’s color retention over time.

How To Mordant Silk

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A mordant is a substance that enhances the visibility of dye. The issue with natural dyes is that some of the hues created are not as intense as they would be if commercial dyes were used.
Silk does not need to be mordant before dyeing. Even yet, when using natural dyes, mordanting is frequently required to assist enhance the color and ensure that the fabric retains the color after multiple washing.
There are many different sorts of mordants, but aluminum sulfate is the one you’ll need for silk. You’ll also need some water, cream of tartar, and a wash bucket. The following are the steps for mordanting silk.
  1. Weigh your silk fabric while it is still dry to determine how much dye you will require after you dye it.
  2. Fill a wash bucket halfway with cool water to submerge the silk cloth while allowing it to flow freely.
  3. Place the fabric in the water for at least an hour to soak. Because silk takes a long time to properly absorb water, putting it in the water for an hour or two guarantees that all of the fibers are relaxed.
  4. Pour the water out of the main bucket and fill a smaller container with hot water after the fabric has soaked.
  5. Pour 12 teaspoon aluminum sulfate and 12 teaspoon cream of tartar into boiling water to make a mixture.
  6. Stir in the aluminum sulfate and cream of tartar until they are completely dissolved in the water.
  7. Fill the huge bucket with lukewarm water until the silk fabric is completely submerged.
  8. Pour the aluminum sulfate and cream of tartar combination into the bigger bucket with the lukewarm water and stir to evenly dissolve the aluminum sulfate and cream of tartar.
  9. Soak the silk overnight in the large container, shaking occasionally to ensure that all of the cloth is evenly covered.
  10. Fill the bucket with lukewarm water the next morning and gently rinse the silk fabric.
  11. Place the damp fabric flat on a towel and roll it up with the fabric inside.
  12. Unroll the towel and allow it to dry after gently squeezing out the excess water.

Using Different Natural Dyes To Dye Silk

Dyeing silk

You may dye your silk fabric pretty much any color you choose because flowers, leaves, and veggies come in so many various colors. Natural dyes, on the other hand, take a little longer to use because you have to extract the dye from the plant you’re using first.
Here are some common natural dyes and how to utilize them to dye silk. You ensure long-lasting color, make sure to mordant the fabric first.


Coffee is a good dye for silk that produces a dark brown color. For the greatest results when dyeing silk with coffee, use instant ground coffee.
  1. Begin by bringing a pot of water to a boil, but enough enough to cover the fabric completely.
  2. Add 12 cup of instant coffee grounds when the water has reached a boil.
  3. Turn off the stove when the water has gone brown and the water is heated but not boiling.
  4. To properly disperse the fabric, submerge it in the coffee and swirl it.
  5. Allow the fabric to soak in the coffee until it reaches the desired color. The fabric will become darker the longer you leave it in there.
  6. If the water cools down, you can reheat it, but first remove your fabric with tongs.
  7. Carefully take the fabric from the water once it has reached the desired level of darkness.
  8. Using cold water, rinse the fabric until the water runs clean.
  9. Allow the fabric to air dry after gently squeezing out excess water.
  10. If you didn’t mordant the fabric initially, be sure to wash it in cool water for consecutive washes to help keep the color.


Silk dyeing with flowers is a fun method to create some unusual hues. However, many flowers will be required to produce enough dye to dye a huge piece of silk fabric. Keep in mind that the more flowers you use, the richer the color of your colored fabric will be.
  1. Chop the petals into tiny pieces after selecting the flowers you want to use.
  2. Put the chopped pieces in a pot with enough water to completely submerge the fabric.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for one hour.
  4. Remove the flower petals from the saucepan of hot water and only keep the coloured water.
  5. Soak the clothes in water until they are the desired color. If you like, you can add 14 teaspoons of vinegar to assist the dye stay put.
  6. Remove the cloth, rinse it in cold water until it is clear, carefully squeeze out the excess water, and air dry it.
  7. Wash in lukewarm water for future washes to help keep the color.


Tea can be used to dye fabric to give it a light brown, beige, or taupe hue. To utilize tea, you’ll need to first obtain a large enough kettle to contain the fabric. Fill the pot halfway with water, just enough to cover the fabric but not enough to cause it to boil over. Make sure you measure the number of cups of water you add to the saucepan. For each cup of water, one tea bag is required.
  1. If the tags are still connected to your tea bags, clip them off before putting them in the water.
  2. Add the tea bags and 14 teaspoons of salt to the water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Reduce the heat to a low simmer once the water has reached a boil.
  4. To equally disperse your cloth, place it in the water and move it around with tongs.
  5. Allow for an hour of simmering time in the tea with the fabric. If you want it to be darker, leave it in there for a little longer.
  6. Remove the fabric from the water once it has reached the desired level of darkness. After that, soak it for an hour in clear water with roughly a quarter cup of vinegar to help set the colour.
  7. Remove the cloth from the washer and rinse it until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze out any remaining water and air dry.


There are many different vegetables and fruits that can be used to dye silk to get various hues. If you’re looking for a certain color, consider one of the following options:

  • Red- beets
  • Orange- carrots
  • Yellow- turmeric
  • Green- spinach
  • Blue- blueberries
  • Purple-red cabbage
  • Pink- strawberries

After you’ve decided on a hue and selected your fruits or veggies, finely cut them. Add the chopped fruits or vegetables to a big pot of water. Reduce the heat to a low degree and let them cook for about an hour in the water.

After an hour:

  1. Drain the water into a separate container.
  2. Ascertain that the chopped parts remain in the strainer.
  3. Put the silk cloth in the colored water and soak it for at least an hour or up to overnight, depending on how dark you want the color to be.
  4. Using cold water, rinse the fabric until the water runs clean.
  5. Allow the fabric to air dry after gently squeezing out excess water.

How To Dye Silk Dress, Scarves, Flowers

How To Dye Silk Dress

It’s relatively simple to dye a silk blouse, scarf, or garment. However, the amount of time it takes is determined by the fabric’s size and the sort of dye you apply. Using Rit or Dylon dye and following the instructions on the bottle or viewing the preceding videos is one of the quickest and easiest methods to do this. Natural dye can also be used, but the process will take longer and the fabric will need to be mordant beforehand.

Dyeing Silk Flowers

Silk flower dyeing is simple and takes less time than dying big amounts of silk fabric. Fabric dye, a bowl, and paper plates are all you’ll need.
  1. In a mixing basin, combine 1 part fabric dye and 1 part hot water. Use a new bowl for each color if using multiple colors.
  2. Remove the flowers from their stalks and place them in the colored dye.
  3. Allow the flowers to soak in the dye for about 30 minutes, or until they’ve reached the desired hue.
  4. Remove them from the dye and set them to dry on a paper plate.
  5. You can reattach them to their stems once they’ve dried.

How To Dye Silk Yarn

How To Dye Silk Yarn

Because acid dye is quick, easy, and leaves vibrant colors behind, it is the greatest form of dye for dying silk yarn. This is how you do it:
  1. Weigh the yarn to figure out how much you have. Some dyes use weight to decide how much to use.
  2. Fill a pot halfway with warm water and enough to cover the yarn while allowing it to move freely.
  3. Place the pot on the stovetop over medium heat to heat the water.
  4. To produce a specified color, add the dye to the water in the amount recommended on the container for various amounts of yarn.
  5. Place the yarn in the pot of water after wetting it with warm water.
  6. Increase the heat gradually until the water is just below boiling, stirring constantly. When washing silk, keep the water temperature below 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. For every pound of fabric, add 14 cup of vinegar. Vinegar will aid in the dye’s adhesion to the fabric.
  8. For around 30 minutes, stir the yarn in the water.
  9. Turn off the heat after 30 minutes and let the water to cool to room temperature.
  10. Allow the yarn to dry after washing it with Synthrapol or a mild detergent.

How To Get Dye Out Of Silk

If you dye your silk cloth incorrectly or need to remove the old dye before dyeing it a new color, you may do so quickly and easily. Although bleach is efficient in removing color from fabric, it should not be used on silk because the chemicals in bleach are too harsh and may harm the fabric.

Rit Color Remover, 2 Ounce (Pack of 1)

Instead, you should use Rit Color Remover or another dye-removing product. Follow these instructions to use Rit Color Remover:
  1. Warm, soapy water should be used to wash the fabric.
  2. Fill a big saucepan halfway with water to completely submerge the fabric.
  3. On the burner, bring the water to a low simmer.
  4. Add one packet of color remover to the simmering water and mix thoroughly.
  5. Wet the fabric before putting it in the water.
  6. For 10 to 20 minutes, stir the fabric around every now and then until it has lost its color.
  7. Rinse the fabric till it runs clear under running water. Start with warm water, especially for silk, then cool it down as it rinses.
  8. Hand wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent, then rinse and dry.


I hope this guide provided you with a variety of dyeing possibilities for silk cloth. Because there are so many various dyes to choose from, it all comes down to personal preference. Just keep in mind to properly follow the instructions. Please share this post with others and leave a comment if you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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