Oak galls for ink making, mordant, fabric dye or tanning of leather 100g

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Oak galls are formed on the oak tree as a defense against a wasp parasite. They are very high in tannins, and are therefore a great medium for dyers who like to use natural ingredients. Oak galls are also used together with iron to make a nice, true black ink and by leather workers for tanning.

The last photo is of an organic cotton wrap that I mordanted with alum, then dyed with weld and finally dipped in an extracted oak gall bath. The result is a deep mustard yellow hue, as opposed to the brighter yellow I got from just the weld. Use oak galls and iron to create a light grey to black fabric dye.

Wild foraged in Northern California.

The Oak galls will arrive already cut up into chunks - it is best for the home dyer to use chunks as opposed to powder, since its much easier to strain after extracting.



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