Plant dye for red on cotton and linen

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Madder for dyeing red on cotton and linen

This plant dye gives a red colour and can be used for dyeing cotton and linen in the washing machine or in a pan. The used dyeing material is madder (Rubia tinctorum), one of the 'classical dyes' that were already used in pre-historic times and that was known for its good washingfastness and lightfastness. The roots of the madder contain the dyeing substance.
The standard 250 gram bag is normally on stock and is suitable for 500 to 1,500 grams of material, depending on the intensity of the colour you want to obtain. The dyes are packed in handy bags. The fixative salts are added separately.
Instructions are included in the bag.

Vegetable colours are more beautiful!

Exactly when people started colouring their clothes is impossible to find out, but the tradition reaches back thousands of years. Until synthetic dyes were invented in the nineteenth century, textiles were dyed almost exclusively with dyes obtained from plants.
Synthetic dyeing (provided it is environmentally friendly) has certain advantages: it is more efficient, cheaper, and it does not cost agricultural land. On an aesthetic level, however, the synthetic dyes can’t compete with the vegetable. Vegetable colours are more vibrant and richer. Unlike synthetic dyes, which always consist of only one colouring molecule, vegetable dyes are always the result of the synergy of several colouring substances present in the plant, sometimes even of different chemical groups and (almost) colourless substances. In other words: synthetic dyes have a flatter colour image, while the color of vegetable dyes consists of multiple components, which ensures a richer colour image.

Composition: madder
Quantities: 250 or 1000 grammes
Collection: Ecological Textiles