Dyeing from Cooking Essentials

Written By- Annu Taneja

[Guided by- Ms. Leela Taparia & Ms Monika Malik]


Tie and dye is an ancient resist dyeing process. The process of tie and dye includes twisting, pleating or crumpling the fabric which is dyed after that. As the name suggests itself, natural dyeing is all about making dyeing from natural resources. Natural dyes are obtained from natural sources like plants,wood, roots, bark, lichens, berries, leaves, flowers, etc. Natural dyes are also easily found in the households, like Turmeric, beetroot, onion skins etc.

How to make natural dyes for fabric – a few beautiful and colorful experiments
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In this blog I will be sharing my experience of dyeing with Turmeric.


  • Fabric, or anything you want to dye (preferably natural fabric like cotton). Make sure it is of a light colour.
  • Turmeric
  • Salt
  • Threads, rubber bands or zip ties.
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  • So before tying your fabric, you need to wash it to remove all the impurities. Make sure all the detergent/soap is removed. Let your cloth dry completely.
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  • There are many ways in which you can tie your fabric to create different patterns.
  • Choose your pattern and start tying your fabric accordingly.
  • I personally wanted three circles, so I folded the fabric twice, marked my circles and did running stich on them. After that I pulled those threads to create that resist section and made tight knots.
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  • For this you will need an utensil in which your fabric will dip easily.
  • Take enough amount of water.
  • Add turmeric and salt.
  • Leave it to boil.
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Note- Salt will help the fabric absorb the dye quickly, it will basically act as a mordant.

  • Meanwhile take your tied fabric and wet it. It will open up the yarns and will absorb the dye nicely.
  • Once the dye comes to a boil, put in your fabric and stir well.
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  • Leave it for 5-10 minutes.
  • Take your fabric out and wash it under cold water, to remove all the excess colour. (don’t squeeze your fabric)
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  • Let it dry in the sun.
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  • After the fabric is dried open the ties and let it dry completely.
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  • And you are done.

My Final Outcome-

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  • Natural dyes will strain with every wash if you don’t use a fixator.
  • You will know the real colour/ outcome when the cloth is completely dried.
  • You might fail at it if you are trying it out for the first time, but it will eventually happen.
  • Tying is the most important process, so tie the fabric very tightly.

Tie and dye is such a fun process overall. it helps you play around with textures, patterns, prints and what not. and everything you need to do this process is already at your home and now you know how to use them.

I have also made a video of the whole process. Just tap on the link –

So go throw your white clothes in TURMERIC now.

Until then, you know the Drill………..!!

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