|This article is about an older version of DF.|
Dye is made by processing certain plants at a mill. Human caravans can also be asked to bring dye for trade as well, though in very limited quantities. Importing dye, however, is only useful if you have a somewhat skilled dyer, otherwise little value is added (see below) and the work wasted. Better buy or grow the 'source' plants if available and mill yourself. Of course the nice colours are a value in themselves, if you don't stuff it all in bins.
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).
|Dimple cup||Dimple dye||Midnight blue||20|
|Blade weed||Emerald dye||Emerald||20|
|Hide root||Redroot dye||Red||10|
- silk cloth 34☼
- silk cloth, dimple dyed 54☼
- silk cloth, finely colored with dimple dye 94☼ (34+3*20)
Dyes can be applied either to woven cloth or to the raw thread - there is not known to be any difference in the end product based on the point at which the dye was applied during the production process.