Natural Dyes – Bananas

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
How To Mordant Cotton and Linen

EBAY – NATURAL DYES
NATURAL DYES – US
NATURAL DYES – UK

Last Updated on March 22, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By 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 traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi