What is Indie dying? Indie dying is the art of dying fiber in small batches by an independent dyer, meaning they work for themselves. Indie dying creates unique and original colorways that are a bit different in each batch. Hand dying is done on a bit of a larger scale, with more defined and repeated colorways, and usually by more than one person. Commercial dyed is a process of dying fiber in large and consistent batches for consistency and mass retail production.