Natural Dyes – Sandalwood

Sandalwood (Pterocarpus antalinus) comes from India and Indonesia. Sandalwood natural dyestuff yields oranges, browns and auburn shades of colour.

Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
4 hours

Here’s How:

  1. Use clean, premordanted fleece or yarn (wools, cotton, silk, linen).
  2. Measure the Sandalwood into a small dish. (200% WOG)
  3. Add alcohol to cover and let stand for 30 minues.
  4. Place the treated Sandalwood into a nylon stocking and add into a heated dyepot to simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Add clean, premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Allow the dyepot to cool.
  7. Remove the fibre or yarn, rinse and let dry.

Tips:

  • Try alum or tin mordants for different shades of colour.

    Sandalwood Natural Dye Recipe
    How To Make an Alum Mordant
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes

    Natural Dyes Index

    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
    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