Dyeing with henna problems


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Posted by Lauren on May 31, 2002 at 15:37:48:

I bought some white cotton shoes with th intention of putting henna
designs on them and have had some weird results. I put part of the
design on Sunday while the sun shone. I used a good henna and lemon
juice in the paste. I don't remember if I put in sugar but there
were no oils. Anyway, Monday I dabbed a damp cloth to re-wet the
paste and put it in the sun again. Tuesday I applied the rest of the
design and let it dry, then steamed it to re-stimulate the dye
process. I let it sit in my reasonably warm apartment but not in the
sun until last night, when I scraped the paste off. Underneath is a
pale greenish color, not unlike the color of the powder before
mixing. In between the lines is a faint red-brown dye stain. I
don't know if the green stuff is dyed or just the powder stuck to the
fabric.
Can I fix this, and what can I do to get a decent henna color dye
next time?
Lauren

 


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