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Not to be confused with Die.
Bag of Dimple Cup dye powder.

Dye can be used at the dyer's shop to change the color of cloth or thread.

Dye is made by milling certain plants at a millstone or quern. Usually all caravans will bring dye for trade too. Importing dye, however, is only useful if you have a somewhat skilled dyer, otherwise little value is added and the work wasted. It is better to buy or grow the 'source' plants if available and mill them yourself. Of course, the nice colours are a value in themselves, if you don't stuff it all in bins.

On the stocks screen, dyes are listed under powder. Dyes are stockpiled as "Food/Milled Plants", along with flours. Barrels that contain only powders are called 'Mill barrel'. Each barrel can contain up to 60 dye bags, each bag containing one stack of dye items. Bag contents are not recognized in the manager's work order conditions. As a workaround, referencing the dye bags is advised: item type 'items', material type 'no material', trait 'dye item'. It will now count all stacks of dye.

Using material 'Dimple dye', 'Emerald dye', 'Redroot dye', 'Sliver dye' will not work.

In theory, dyed objects can be colors other than the basic 16. However, the game displays them using the basic color that is the nearest match (dimple dye is (dark) blue, and emerald dye is light green).

Plant Dye Color Crop type Value
Dimple cup Dimple Dye Midnight Blue     Underground 20
Blade weed Emerald Dye Emerald     Aboveground 20
Hide root Redroot Dye Red     Aboveground 10
Sliver barb Sliver Dye Black     Aboveground 20

Dyes can be applied either to woven cloth or to the raw thread. Dyed items have their value increased by value of the dye (see table above), multiplied by quality with which the dye was applied. There is not known to be any difference in the end product based on when the dye was applied during the production process. Dyes can't be applied to finished goods made from cloth, such as clothing, bags, or crafts.

Midnight Blue dye powder.

See also[edit]

"Dye" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
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Elvish: afithi
Goblin: osmu
Human: asseg
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