Natural Dyes – Bananas

How To Dye With Bananas recipe

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This is a recipe I found for making a natural dye using banana peels. I haven’t tried it yet, so if you do, please let me know the results.
Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
3 days

Here’s How:

     

  1. Chop banana skins into small pieces.
  2. Cover them with water and let the mixture sit for a few days in a warm location, stirring the mixture each day.
  3. The mixture will get a bit smelly, so it is best to store it outside, covered. You can add some baking soda and sugar to the mixture.
  4. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or nylons stocking to remove the pulp.
  5. Add the liquid to a dyepot filled with water. Simmer for x-about an hour.
  6. Add clean, premordanted wool to the dyepot.
  7. Simmer for an hour or until sufficient colour is obtained.
  8. Allow the dyepot to cool. Then remove the dyed wool.
  9. Rinse and let dry.

Tips:

  • Using different mordants will produce different colours. Alum – beige, Tin – gold, Iron – grey, brown, Blue vitriol – Dark brown.
  • How To Mordant Cotton and Linen
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    How To Wash Fleece
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes
    MSDS – Aluminum Potassium Sulfate

    Natural Dye Books
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
    Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
    The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
    A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

    The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
    Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
    A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present by Jenny Dean (2014-06-10)
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
    The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use

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