Dyeing Jikatabi - How to

Posted by Leslie Padorr on

 It's easy to dye Tabi Boots.  Here's how I do it:

  1. Make sure the boots are clean.  
  2. Fill a big kettle with enough water to cover the boots and bring it to a boil.
  3. While the water is boiling soak the boots in warm water  Rub the boots together to remove sizing that may block the dye.  
  4. Once the water boils add the dye and stir to mix thoroughly.  I use Tintex but any commercial dye will do.  Make sure the dye is completely dissolved in the water.  
  5. Add the wet boots.  Submerge the boots and stir, making sure that all surfaces are exposed.  
  6. Stir off and on for at least five minutes.  If the boots are folded over, the dye won't penetrate evenly and the results will be blotchy.
  7. The boots need to be in the water for at least 15 minutes.  When they are a shade darker than you want, take them out.  
  8. Put them through a cold water machine wash twice to flush away the extra dye.   With Tintex, they are now colour-fast.
  9. While you have the hot dye left over, dye something else, a t-shirt to go with your Tabi Boots or some Tabi Socks.  Same method, soak, stir and wash in cold water.
  10. Hang everything to dry and enjoy your TABI!

Note: Don't hang them to dry in direct sun or they will fade unevenly.

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