Course Title: Select dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: MANU7395C

Course Title: Select dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Henry Orlinski


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge associated with selecting, developing and testing dyes, chemical and auxiliaries and developing dye specifications and recipes for the dyeing of textiles for self and others. Textile materials for which dye specifications are developed include fibres, yarns and fabrics.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTX4004 Select dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)

1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times

1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs

1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to develop dye specification and recipe

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm specifications and/or sample of textile material product with originator and client

2.2 Clarify and determine the end use and performance standards expected of finished product with appropriate personnel

2.3 Analyse sample to determine type and composition using appropriate techniques, as required


3 Perform preliminary and final tests of dyes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select dyes and chemicals and auxiliaries with reference to specifications and or previous product dyeing references

3.2 Identify expected textile production and reproduction processes based on preliminary dye selection, and advise appropriate personnel

3.3 Determine preliminary dye selection for the sample of textile and trial the preliminary recipe and specifications

3.4Select sampling and testing techniques appropriate to evaluation of product during limited production run

3.5 Perform final selection and evaluation of dyes

3.6 Comply with environmental requirements and workplace procedures at all stages of the process


4 Confirm final dye specification and recipe

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek approval of colour specifications by originator or client prior to production run

4.2 Test samples from bulk production run using appropriate techniques

4.3 Analyse results and review, modify and re-test dye, as required

4.4 Develop, check and file dye specification and recipe in accordance with workplace procedures and industry and quality standards

4.5 Prepare reports and documentation

4.6 Monitor dye specification and recipe to ensure continuity and repeatability of colour and test results

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to identify the correct dye class for different fibre, to formulate appropriate dye recipes and to successfully apply the dye to different  fibres, yarn or fabric in accordance with correct OHS procedures

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will 

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • group discussion
  • research
  • visits to galleries and events
  • simulated workplace activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week Starting   

Learning Activities

Homework or Research     

Assessment tasks and  Due dates


4th July

Introduction. Discussion of technical folio requirements and WH&S issues. Tour dye laboratory. View Textile Colouration.

Complete Textile Colouration Quiz


Washing up gloves


Week 2

11th July

Disperse Dyes on Polyester and other fibres.


Check list 1

Induction to Dye Lab completed.

Week 3

18th July

Landscapes Dyes on wool and silk fabrics.


Task 1 Start Sample Folio

of dye samples

Week 4

25th July

Procion MX dyes on cotton fabric.


Review Sample folio

Week 5

1st. August

Acid Milling dyes on wool and nylon fabric.



Task 2 Selected fabric/colour dye task and report.

Week 6

8th August

Direct Dyes using Bamboo and Viscose fabrics.




Week 7

15th August

Lanasol dyes on variety of wool fibres and fabrics



Week 8

22nd August

Task 2Selected fabric/colour dye task and report. 

Complete and record process.

Research Natural dyes

Task 2 (Assessment 2)


Mid Semester Break August 25th and September 9th              



Week 9

Group 1

12th September


Week 9 Group 2

14th September

Indigo dyeing and shibori techniques

Natural discussion in preparation for natural dyeing session

Natural Dye techniques and exploration of leaf clamping and hapa-zome techniques

Sue Scott

Each class will be 8 hours in length

Week 10

19th Sept

Modified Basic Dyes using Acrylic & Acrylic Blends.

Hand in Task 2 report and dyed sample.


Task 2 hand in report & sample. (week 10) 

Week 11

26th Sept

Skein Dyeing using Cotton, Wool, Polyester, and Bamboo yarns.


Task 3 Introduce Client Project 

Process plan for Task 3 due

Week 12

3rd October

Task 3 Client project trial


Complete Check list 2

Week 13

10th October

Task 3 Client Project completion



Week 14

17th October

Final Presentation to group of Task 3 Client project

Task 1  Sample Folio  Due




Week 15

24th October


Submissions, late presentations


Task 1 and Task 3 due

Week 16

31st October




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prideaux Vivien, A Handbook of indigo Dyeing, Search press.

Sandberg, Gosta, Indigo Textiles Technique and history.

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

Overview of Assessment


This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments. Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are: CA: Competency Achieved NYC: Not Yet Competent DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:


Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You need to complete all three (3) tasks and 2 check lists to a satisfactory level.

Check list 1 Induction into dye laboratory and Work Health and Safety.  (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory)  Correct use and handling of dyes and chemicals. Wearing of PPE and adhering to the Laboratory rules. Due Week 2

Check list 2.Fabric Testing. (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory) Testing of dyed samples to ensure they meet the required standards. Due Week 13

Task 1   Sample Folio: (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory)

During the semester you will dye a variety of fibres/yarns and fabrics using different dyes. You are required to compile a folio of dyed samples. Samples need to be clearly labeled with the fibre content and dyes used. Include all recipe sheets and method of dyeing. Plus any relevant research.  Folio checks throughout semester completed folio Due Week 15.

Task 2   Selected fabric/colour dye task and report.  (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory)
You will be allocated a piece of fabric (Wool, Cotton or Polyester) which you are required to dye a selected colour (secondary colour) and then comment on the final outcome. Due Week 8

Task 3   Client Project     (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory)
You are required to conduct a series of trial dyeing to achieve a final outcome of a perfectly dyed item in consultation with a chosen client. Document the processes. Make a presentation of client profile, process and final outcome. Due week 15

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Program Coordinator)

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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