Naturally dyed fabric is pre-treated with a mordant which creates the capacity for dye particles to adhere to the fibres. Once khadi has been mordanted it can be redyed several times throughout its life. Throughout the creation of your piece we have given the utmost care and attention to every stage of its production to ensure you are receiving a beautiful, quality product. If you are new to natural fibre you will be amazed! It breathes unlike synthetic fibres, so you will find washing doesn’t need to be done after each wear. Like all colour pigment, natural or synthetic, it can fade.
Here are some tips on how to reduce this happening:
•Launder with a neutral PH detergent, or as close to neutral as possible
•Rinse clothing thoroughly after washing to remove any excess detergent
•Never hang item to dry in direct sunlight, dry in shade
•Clothing really doesn’t need washing after each wear. After wearing if given a good shake and hung up it will be fine for quite a few wears. Often hanging out on a hanger in the shade can be enough to freshen your garment.
•Definitely no bleach, wool wash or stain remover please!
•It is advisable to wash separately for the first couple of washes just in case there is a colour run off. When we wash items we wash until a clear water run off occurs but occasionally residual colour can run in first washes.
•Avoid soaking in water for long period of time You will also notice that your khadi gets better with each wear, it softens and gets more and more comfortable.
Naturally dyed fabrics colour can soften eventually, enjoy its life and know it can be redyed very easily.
There are 2 ways of using as tannin, you can bring Myrobalan to the boil and simmer for 45mins then strain gritty matter and add liquid to tannin bath or you can add cloth to tannin bath with myrobalan, bring to the boil and simmer for 45mins. The second technique gives stronger colour but you do have to be careful of the cloth getting marked. If you are after a solid even tannin the first technique is better. As a tannin 10 - 20% WOF. For dye 20 - 50% WOF.
Protein fibres use alum mordant at 15% WOF.
If using Myrobalan as a dye there is enough tannin in Myrobaln so you can proceed straight to Alum at 15% WOF or Alum acetate at 8% WOF.
To use as a mordant on cellulose fibre in raw form at 10-15% WOF or extract 5% WOF as a tannin bath and then follow up with alum acetate at 8% WOF or alum at 15% WOF.
There are 2 ways of using myrobalan as tannin:
You can bring it to the boil and simmer for 45mins then strain gritty matter and add liquid to tannin bath or you can add cloth to tannin bath with myrobalan, bring to the boil and simmer for 45mins.
The second technique gives stronger colour but you do have to be careful of the cloth getting marked. If you are after a solid even tannin the first technique is better.
Please view our Natural Dyes Instruction Guide for more information.
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I have now done two lots of dyeing with this gorgeous product and achieved excellent dark grey results. Will definitely be getting more.
Really love this dye, already have a customer waiting for a new botanical grey garment with Pink Lac trim!!
I haven’t used these delightful natural dyes yet but look forward to experimenting with them. They arrived super quickly so I know if I need a rushed order in the future they will arrive quickly.