Do you know where I can buy some ready made Procion dye in China?

Name: Robert


Procion mx fiber reactive cold water dye

Procion MX Dye

When mixed with soda ash, Procion dyes are permanent, colorfast, and very washable. You can easily create a palette of brilliant colors ranging from light pastels to deep, vibrant hues.


Procion mx fiber reactive cold water dye

Soda Ash

Soda ash fixes Procion dyes to cotton, rayon, or silk at room temperature.


Country or region: USA to China

Message: I want to dye some cotton T-Shirts. Do you know where I can buy some ready made Procion dye in China as I live here now? Unless you recommend something else. I want colors Navy blue, Royal blue and Baby blue. Please help me.

I am sorry that I do not know about any sources for small quantities of dye in China. There are many dye factories in China that manufacture "Reactive M" or "Cold Brand" dyes, which are the same dichlorotriazine dyes as those sold as Procion MX dyes. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to find one which will sell you small quantities, less than a pound per color. You do not want to order an entire barrel of each of your dyes!

I recommend that you do a web search for "reactive cold brand dye", combined with the name of the nearest large city to you. It seems like Ali Baba, at, might be a good way to find a manufacturer, but I have never purchased through them, and haven't heard from anyone who has, so I don't know. If you get results that way, contact some of the dye factories and ask whether they can sell you samples of their cold brand dyes. You might be able to find a company that will be willing to send you small enough packages of dyes. A 100-gram sample would probably be sufficient for you.

You will also need to buy soda ash or washing soda, Na2CO3, but that should be easy, as this chemical has many uses in the household and in manufacturing.

The best way to specify which dyes you want will be to use the Colour Index generic names. For example, a good navy blue Procion MX type dye is Colour Index reactive blue 109, often referred to as blue MX-2G or blue M-2G. To find the generic names, look at the first table on my page, "Which Procion MX colors are pure, and which mixtures?". There are several good navy blues. The best medium blues are blue MX-G (or Colour Index reactive blue 163) and blue MX-R (or Colour Index reactive blue 4). You can also get a perfectly good royal blue by mixing some turquoise with a little fuchsia or magenta dye.

Do not buy a baby blue dye. Baby blue is what you get when you use a small amount of blue dye on white fabric. Instead of buying baby blue dye, use your medium blue or navy blue dye, diluted ten-fold with water, compared to the concentration of dye you would use for the more intense color. See my page, "How much Procion MX dye should I use?", and also take a look at my recent blog question and answer, "How can I gradate one color to get 10 different hues of that color?".

Good luck in finding a suitable dye supplier in your area.

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Posted: Friday - January 04, 2013 at 11:58 AM          

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