Fetch some knowledge on how to extract natural colours from kitchen ingredients, veggies and plants. Totally natural and chemical free. Dye your own fabric with beautiful naturally extracted colours. Time to replenish and reconnect with nature!
Natural dyeing is a process of using dyes that are extracted from the natural sources such as plants, insects, mineral, leaves, flowers, barks, roots, veggies and fruits to dye the fabric.
Natural dyeing is one of the oldest processes, where people used to dye their own clothes using naturally available resources. For instance, Alexander “the great purple robes” during 541 BC researchers found that the purple colour of the robe was achieved with shellfish in the coast of Mediterranean Sea.
The textile manufacturing industries are the second most contaminating industry in which synthetic dyes donate to a foremost part of this contamination, with approximately 20 percent of worldwide water pollution. The main funders to this problem are the use of non-biodegradable petroleum-based dyes to dye textiles. Natural dyes can offer the much needed substitute to the intricate world of chemical dyes.
Advantages of natural dyes are
- Insignificant ecological influence
- Non- allergic
- Easy to extract
- Has Antimicrobial properties
- Provide higher UV absorption
- Scouring the fabric.
- Mordanting the fabric with the help of plant mordant.
- Dyeing cellulosic fibre (Cotton and linen) and protein fibre (silk and wool) with fresh forms of chosen dye ingredients.
- Using modifiers to enhance the colour of the dye.
- Cotton, linen, silk (cut in 5/5 size to create swatches at the end of the workshop) and wool.
- Mild soap (soap nut)
- Plant mordants (sumac, juniper and rhubarb)
- Lemon, baking soda and vinegar as modifiers.
- Big stainless steel container( according to the quantity of the fabric)
- Wooden stick
- Hand gloves
- Face mask