Natural Plant Dyes – Brazilwood

A simple dye recipe for dyeing reds, pinks and corals with Brazilwood.

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Brazilwood
A natural dye plant that gives reds, purples, and pinks and corals.. Brazilwood can be obtained from several trees: Haematoxylum brasiletta, Caesalpinia sappan, C. echinata

Time Required:

4 hours

  • Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
  • Measure the brazilwood (100% – 200% WOG) into a small dish.
  • Add alcohol to cover and let stand for 2 hours.
  • Put treated Brazilwood into a nylon stocking and add into dyepot filled with hot water and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Allow the dyepot to cool.
  • Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
  • You can reuse the brazilwood chips in a later dyebath, though they will have less colour.
  • Try alum, or tin premordants.
  • Try ammonia for rich plum colours.

    Cotton/Hemp dyed with Brazilwood
    Alum Tara Powder Mordant

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    Author: Paivi Suomi

    I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi