FAQs

What can I dye?

Any garment, from any brand in any colour. Yes, really!

Natural plant-based fibres work best like cotton, hemp or linen. Cellulosics like bamboo, Tencel or viscose also dye well as will any blend of natural fibres. Delicate fabrics are not recommended as they may warp or change texture.

Patterns and/or stains should turn pure black, but there are no guarantees as it depends on exact composition and may still be visible after dyeing.

What won't dye?

Anything synthetic or protein-based will not dye - think polyester, lycra or elastane as well as wool / fur, silk or leather.

Blended compositions are a bit of a gamble and may end up patchy due to the natural fibres absorbing the dye but not the petro fibres. That said, we've tested jeans made from a 98% Cotton / 2% Elastane blend and it worked perfectly, though higher percentages are not guaranteed.

Trims like buttons, zips and labels won't dye either and often stitching threads are polyester (which won't dye) even if the garment itself is natural (which will), but you can always go over said stitching in permanent marker. Leather patches can shrink (so may need to be snipped off)

How long long does it take?

1 - Buy your dye credits – orders open between Nov 22 and Dec 3, 2021 only.

2 - Send us your clothes ASAP, or drop them off at any Citizen Wolf or Nique store. No matter how they get here, we need them by Xmas.

3 - We Fridye in January once everyone is back from holidays.

4 - Your clothes will be returned in February.

Do you do repairs?

Not at the moment, but we're looking into it for next year!

What if I'm not in Australia?

Black Fridye is only available to Australian residents at the moment.

If you're not lucky enough to live in the lucky country, you can show your love for the planet by getting on your DIY - supermarket dyes plus a few messy hours on the stove will get you a result, though it'll fade more quickly than our industrial process.

Alternatively, email us and apply to open a chapter in your country!

How about shrinkage?

We've found that because clothing is pre-loved, worn & washed for some time prior, there hasn't been an issue with shrinkage. The majority of garments we dyed last year were jeans and there were no complaints.

Leather patches (like on jeans) will likely shrink and need to be snipped off - but no street cred lost though! We all know here that saving the planet isn't brand biased, so you can wear your values without a logo.

How long will the colour last?

We use an industrial dye process which also includes washing and drying at high temperature to set the dye properly, making it completely colourfast and ensuring a longer lasting result than over-the-counter home dyes.

You don't need to wash your newly black garments before wearing them, but when you do, always separate dark colours to avoid colour transfer.

What happens to any hardware?

Hardware such as studs, domes or eyelets may scratch or chip during the dye process. This is sadly unavoidable.

What if my garment is damaged prior to dyeing?

We can dye clothing with holes, rips and raw edges (whether that’s damage or by design) but please note the process is likely to accentuate any rips and holes and make them larger. If you can repair beforehand that's advisable.

We are looking into bundling a repair service next year... stay tuned!

Will you dye items other than clothing?

Not at this stage, but hope to cast the net wider next year.