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Can you dye a grosgrain hat band?

SnowyViking

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Hey I got a Indiana Jones hat and the hat band is brown but I really wanted it to be black as it supposed to be so I'm now wondering: Is it possible to dye the hat band or do I need to get another hat band in black color? I have no idea how to ad a hat band my self and There is no hatters in our area So I thought I'd ask here if anyone knows what to do.I added a picture of the hat.Also what do you guys think of the hat? I reshaped it my self so I'm not sure how good it looks like :) Thanks for the answers in advance!
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shopkin

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Grosgrain ribbon is usually some combination of Rayon, cotton and silk. All of those fibers will take a dye. If it happens to have nylon in it then it's more difficult to dye.

I'd try to remove the ribbon in one piece by snipping threads one at a time from the inside. In removing the ribbon you'll see how it's done and can reinstall by hand sewing after dyeing.

The bash is a personal thing and everyone has their preferences. Personally, I don't like the sharp crease in front.
 
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Hey I got a Indiana Jones hat and the hat band is brown but I really wanted it to be black as it supposed to be so I'm now wondering: Is it possible to dye the hat band or do I need to get another hat band in black color? I have no idea how to ad a hat band my self and There is no hatters in our area So I thought I'd ask here if anyone knows what to do.I added a picture of the hat.Also what do you guys think of the hat? I reshaped it my self so I'm not sure how good it looks like :) Thanks for the answers in advance!
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Yes, dying ribbon is relatively easy but of course it must be removed from the hat. It would help if you knew what the ribbon was made from. It cotton/rayon it might shrink in the dyeing. Poly is not an issue. Use a Rit brand dye, cold water type if you can find it. if it messes it up, black ribbon is very easy to find and you can start afresh.
 

SnowyViking

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Thanks for the answers. The hat looked like this before I reshaped it And I'm not sure if it looks ok now since I'm not a pro but I Am very picky when it comes to thing being the closest to the original.I wish I could afford ordering from Herbert Johnson but it would be way to expensive for my wallet so any advice on reshaping other than what I have doe would be most appreciated

https://millerhats.com/store/343-Mens-Fedora-Hats
 

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