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What are Cellulose Fibers?


Cellulose Fibers

Cellulose Fibers

Rain Blanken dye cellulose fibers

Fiber reactive dyes create a molecular bond with cellulose fibers.

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Fiber reactive dye is used to tie dye.

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Question: What are Cellulose Fibers?

"I want to do a tie dyed t-shirt, but I heard that this dye works best with cellulose fibers. What are these? Can I get a list?"

Answer: Cellulose is the primary structural component of plants, so we call plant material fibers 'cellulose fibers'.

Here are some examples of cellulose fibers:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Rayon
  • Bamboo
  • Hemp
  • Jute
  • Rayon (this is altered by people, but plant based)
These materials take fiber reactive dye very well because the fiber reactive dye actually forms a molecular bond with the cellulose fiber. T-shirts are usually mostly cotton, which is why fiber reactive dye can be easily found as tie-dye.

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