Sunfold Printing

Sunfold is a new alternative to tie-dye that makes it easy to create elegant patterns on fabric in just a few minutes!


1. Prepare

Items you’ll need before we begin: 

  • Bucket or bowl to dip your pieces
  • A work surface that you can carry outside. 
  • A large piece of cardboard, foamcore or plastic will work.
  • Stir stick 

Find a workspace away from direct sunlight. A dim place inside a garage, a basement, laundry room or even under the shade of a tent in a park. 

Inkodye reacts to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. The type of light that will give you a tan is what makes Inkodye develop its color. 

Note: Inkodye contains ammonia, apply in a well-ventilated area.


2. Dilute

Always shake Inkodye bottles before starting a project to ensure the color is evenly dispersed. 

Diluting Inkodye extends its printing power and will create varying levels of vibrant or pastel shades of color. 

In a bucket or bowl dilute Inkodye with water, stirring to fully dissolve. For 1 part Inkodye these dilutions will give you varying effects: 

  • Vibrant 2–4 parts water 
  • Medium 5–7 parts water 
  • Pastel 8–10 parts water 

Pro tip: Inkodye colors can be mixed together to create new shades, e.g. blue + red = violet.

Dip & wring

3. Dip & wring

Put on the included black gloves and submerge your fabric in Inkodye. 

Fully saturate the fabric. Squeeze it with your hands to make sure you’re not leaving any dry spots. 

Once your fabric is fully saturated with Inkodye, wring it out. More Inkodye won’t necessarily make the print any darker so it’s best to keep dripping to a minimum. This also helps conserve dye for more prints!


4. Design

While you’re still in a dim or shaded area, take your wet fabric and flatten it out on a large piece of cardboard, foamcore or plastic.

Time to get creative! Twist, fold, scrunch and shape your fabric. Remember, any dye the sun touches will turn to color, any dye hidden in a fold will remain the original color of your fabric.


5. Expose

Hold on to to your socks! Things are about to get magical.

Take your folded fabric outside and let the sunlight reveal Inkodye’s color! At noon on a sunny day your print should develop in about 12 minutes. 

Don’t bring your print in too soon. Even if the color seems fully developed, those last few minutes help fix the color and ensure it won’t fade later on.

Cloudy day? Inkodye may take over 20–30 minutes to fully develop. If it’s windy make sure the fabric doesn’t move during exposure.


6. Reveal

Ready to see what you’ve created? Take your project back inside, away from direct sunlight or UV and peel the folds apart to reveal your Sunfold! 

Note: Your fabric is still sensitive to sunlight at this stage. If it gets exposed to light the white areas could develop color.


7. Wash

You’re almost done, but you still need to wash your print to remove the unexposed Inkodye. 

Using Inkowash detergent, machine wash your prints on the HOT/COLD setting of your washing machine. For best results, wash your prints TWICE using Inkowash, after that you can wear and wash them as you usually would. 

Pro tip: Doing several prints? Fill your washer with water and Inkowash, pause the machine and simply put each print in the water as soon as it’s printed. Start the cycle again when you’re done printing.

Wear & share

8. Wear & share

There’s one last step: take a photo and share your creation with the hashtag #inkodye. 

Bringing Lumi and Inkodye to life was made possible by a community of makers and adventurers on the crowd-funding site 

Your amazing creations drive us to continue building innovative new products, so spread the word and share your #inkodye projects!