Treating and dyeing fabric is a lengthy process that consists of several stages. At our dye works, it all starts with Birthe, who is a master dyer. Before a new dye project can start, Birthe makes a ’recipe’ for how the material should be processed and which ingredients should go into it to achieve the desired color for the selected fabric. Of course, she ensures that all ingredients are as environmentally and skin-friendly as possible.
With Birthe’s recipe in hand, the fabric is now ready for treatment and dyeing. Treatments and dyeing are done in the same machines. If the fabric is wool, the wool first undergoes an enzyme treatment to remove scratchy hairs, after which it is dyed. This all takes place under supervision to ensure that everything goes according to plan.
Next, the wool is centrifuged, and the cotton is pressed. The fabric goes through a machine, where it is dried. This is particularly important in regard to wool, as the wool shrinks 20-25% here. This helps ensure that the wool will shrink no more than 5% after being sewn and having reached the customer.
Material that will be stored on bolts is then placed on a fabric rack. The fabric that will be made into things like T-shirts is instead placed in a different machine that presses it into small rectangles.
Now, the material is ready to be sent to Lithuania, where it is cut, sewn, packaged and sent home to the warehouse in Herning.