Myrobalan extract is made from the nuts of Terminalia chebula (Terminalia chebula Retz ). It has a rich natural tannin. While is gives low colour it can be used with both cellulosic and protein fibers as a mordant or used with an iron after bath to give beautiful shades of grey. to black.
Used with an alum mordant yellowish brown to brown can be achieved.
The plant grows in the forests of diverse regions of Asia (India, Nepal, Burma, China and Bangladesh) and has been cultivated in Africa.
How much dye to purchase: All natural dyeing is based on wog or wof - weight of goods or weight of fabric Here is the formula for the Myrobalan Extract to dye 1 pound of fabric. % of extract x weight of good in grams For 1 pound (453 grams) of silk, wool or cotton
13% of Myrobalan Extract x 453 grams of fabric = 4 Tablespoons or 2 ounces (60 grams) for dark 10% of Myrobalan Extract x 453 grams of fabric = 3 Tablespoons or 1.58 ounces (45 grams) for medium 2% of Myrobalan Extract x 453 grams of fabric = 2 Teaspoons or .35 ounce (10 grams) for light