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You are here: Home > All About Hand Dyeing > FAQ > Miscellaneous > Screenprinting a resist

Can I screenprint with a dye resist?

I am looking for a dye resist product that can be screenprinted, previous to dying. Please let me know if you have something. Thank you

Dharma Trading Company says that Jacquard Clear Waterbased Resist and Cerulean Blue's Presist can be silkscreened. (See Sources for Supplies for dye houses that sell these products.)

Of course, all resists besides wax and gutta must not be soaked in water, so you may want to *paint* your dye on, rather than pouring it on with a heavy hand, and you certainly cannot pre-soak the screenprinted fabric in soda ash, as in the standard tie-dye recipe.

You'll have to either use some sort of post-dye fixing such as after-treating with a salt-soda ash solution, or using a product such as Dharma's After-fix, or you can presoak the fabric in soda ash and then line-dry thoroughly before applying the resist. Many people prefer the latter for all sorts of dyeing with fiber reactive dyes.


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