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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Written by – Nikita Rajani

[Guided by – Ms . Leela Taparia & Ms.Monika malik


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.

(Image source: Practically done by me

(Image source: Practically done by me)

Here is the process for natural dye using beetroots-

The required supplies:-

  1. Beetroots
  2. White fabric
  3. Vinegar
  4. Stock pots
  5. Water

The steps for natural dyeing are as follows:

Step 1: Peel some beetroots, and then cut them into large chunks.

(Image source: Practically done by me
(Image source: Practically done by me)
  • 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.

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Step 4: Use more beets and less water in other pot for dark pink.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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Natural Dyes

Written By- Namrata Jaiswal

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

Natural dyes are the dyes obtained from the natural sources such as plants and minerals. Mostly natural dyes are the vegetable dyes come from the plant sources-leaves, roots, berries, wood and etc. Natural dyes require the use of mordant’s to bind the dye to the fibers. Salt and alum are the common mordants.

In this blog I am going to use turmeric powder to dye cotton fabric.

So let’s start


  • Cotton fabric
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Thick Thread
  • Water


Step 1: Firstly fold and roll the fabric then tie tightly using thread.

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Image source: Practically did it myself

Step 2: Boil water in pot and add 2-3 spoon turmeric powder then boil for 1-2 minutes.

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Image source: Practically did it myself

Step 3: Moisten the fabric and sprinkle some salt over it.

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Step 4: Put tied fabric into the boiled turmeric solution for 3-4 minutes. Then take it out and rinse the fabric under the tap water to remove excess dye.

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Step 5: Let the fabric dry overnight.

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Step 6: After the fabric is dried, open all the ties.

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Final Result-

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Natural dyes are safer Compared to synthetic dyes and since it does not contain harmful chemicals. There is a very low possibility for causing skin allergies. Mostly all plant dyes are safe to be worn.

We have also posted a video of this process:

Link to the video:

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