The process of adding colour to a fibre or fabric by applying a dye. Dyes usually go through some chemical change that binds them to a fibre’s molecules. This can be through a process of absorption, dispersion or a chemical reaction. Dyes can be applied to a fibre or fabric by
- immersing it in a container of dye solution,
- applying it with a brush or cloth dipped in dye to create subtle or pictorial effects, and
- stamping the fabric with wooden blocks dipped in dye to create block-printed patterns.