Natural textile dye
- story by MaterialDistrict
Natural textile dye uses dyestuff extracted from plants and animals like trees, flowers, etc. The dyes are won from exclusively natural non-edible materials like stems, skins and roots of plants. The plants include Natural Indigo, Gallnuts, Madder Root, Lac, Pomegranates, Himalayan Rhubarb, Myrobalan and Catechu.
Nature’s delicate colour shades add further elegance to any piece of clothing, and are well-suited to highly fashionable lines. The shades vary from off-white to brown to pink to deep blue. The company developed a method to enhance colour fastness.
Not all fabrics are suitable for natural dyeing. Natural materials like cotton, silk, wool and linen will take the dye the best. Synthetic blends will take some dye, but will usually be lighter in colour. The photos show textiles made from recycled PET and linen.
The textile industry generates a lot of waste water and causes water and soil pollution because of toxic dyes. By using dyestuff derived from natural sources, the amount of pollution is drastically reduced. Additionally, natural dying can save up to 30% processing time, which leads to energy savings.