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Rope Dyeing

What does Rope Dyeing mean?

Believed to be the best possible indigo dyeing method for yarn, the threads of denim yarn are initially twisted into a rope, then undergo a repetitive sequence of dipping and oxidization.  The more frequent the dipping and oxidizing, the stronger the indigo shade.

Heddels explains Rope Dyeing

Rope dyeing consists of twisting the yarns into a rope that is then quickly dipped into indigo baths. It is considered the best method for dyeing denim as the short dyeing time does not allow the indigo to fully penetrate the fibers, thus creating ring-dyed yarn that fades better and faster than fully dyed yarn.

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Raw Denim Term - Rope Dyeing

Raw Denim Term - Rope Dyeing
Source:  denimsandjeans.com