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