Written by – Nikita Rajani
[Guided by – Ms . Leela Taparia & Ms.Monika malik
BEWITCHING EXTRACT OF NATURAL DYES
Nature is an amazing thing, as we get all sorts of resources from our mother nature. Talking about natural dyes- as suggested by the name, natural dyes involve extracting the dyes from naturally occurring sources which include leaves, roots, bark, wood, flowers, berries, fruits and vegetables. Most of the natural dyes are vegetable dyes. It is appreciable that for thousands of years, people have been making their own dyes to color the textiles. These natural dyes are truly organic ingredients that are extracted from natural environment.
However, in most commercial uses, synthetic dyes are commonly used as compared to natural dyes because synthetic dyes are available in variety of colors. But natural dyes are sourced from natural surroundings, so these are renewable dyes which count as one of the advantages of using natural dyes.
Other advantages of using natural dyes are these dyes are safe, eco-friendly, easy to use and healthy for the user.
In this blog, I am going to brief about the process involves in making natural dye using beet roots. Using beets as natural dye for clothes is probably the easiest way to get started and the color attained is a gorgeous, dusky pink color.
Here is the process for natural dye using beetroots-
The required supplies:-
- White fabric
- Stock pots
The steps for natural dyeing are as follows:
Step 1: Peel some beetroots, and then cut them into large chunks.
- Step 2: Place the beets into a pot and fill the pot with water.
To create an OMBRE effect, prepare two shades of pink color- light and dark pink.
Step 3: Use fewer beets and more water in one pot for light pink.
Step 4: Use more beets and less water in other pot for dark pink.
- Step 5: Place the white fabric into separate pot. Fill the pot with a ratio of ¼ vinegar and ¾ water.
- Step 6: Bring the pots to boil on the flame.
Wait for the water to come to boil.
- Step 7: Now reduce the heat to low.
Let the pot simmer for 11/2 to 2 hours.
- Step 8: Empty the water from the fabric pot and remove the beets from both dye pots.
- Step 9: Dip the fabric to the 1st level in the light pink color.
- Step 10: Now dip the fabric to the 2nd level in the dark pink color.
- Step 11: Remove the fabric from the dye pot and dry it in the sun.
Natural dyes are valued for their purity. Natural dyes are today’s need as these are more beneficial for the environment when compared to synthetic dyes. Textile industries have started to be more inclined towards natural dyes and recognized the benefits of natural dyes. Nowadays textile industries are also making choice in purchase of eco-friendly natural dyes as these dyes are non-toxic and non-allergic.
Hoping this blog was a remarkable for you all and will surely help you to create attractive natural dye.
Adorn your household textiles with organic natural dyes making by yourself at home.
To see how I dyed my white t-shirt with pink color using beetroot, click to the link below:
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