Natural Plant Dye from Blue Castle Fiber Arts - Turkey Red - Indian Madder (Rubia Cordiafolia)

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500 gm of :
Turkey Red (Rubia cordiafolia)

100 gm of:
Alum mordant

Imported from India, this natural plant dye is made from Indian Madder using a traditional eco-friendly fermentation method and dried into a powdered form. It is very simple to use - instructions are included - but basically the dye is cooked in a pot of hot water for about 30 minutes and once it's cooled down, wool fiber, yarn or fabric is added (unless using superwash wool which won't felt and can be added to hot water) and 'cooked' for a further 30 minutes and allowed to cool.

The dye can be used alone or with a mordant such as alum, tannic acid or iron. This listing includes the most common mordant, aluminum phosphate or alum. Mordanting is a step done before dyeing - alum is dissolved in hot water and then the wool soaked in it, then rinsed and on to the dyeing.

A mordant can help natural dye adhere better to the fiber or can change the shade. Iron, for example, can be added at the end of the dye bath to darken a color. Most natural dyes require a mordant but as stated, this dye can be used without.

The amount of fiber this 500 gms will dye depends on how dark a color you want to achieve. A deep red will require the full amount to dye 500 gms of wool (about 1 lb). For a good medium shade, 500 gms will dye 1 Kg (just over 2 lbs). The lighter the shade, the more that can be dyed.

This dye works best with wool or silk. It will also work on cellulose fibers like cotton, linen or hemp but usually only light shades can be achieved. This can be somewhat improved by using more than one mordant such as tannic acid and alum, or with alum acetate.

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