Where should I start natural dyeing?
From here, you are in the right place :-) First, decide what you want to dye. Do you want to dye plant fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp, or animal fibers like wool or silk? Once you have made a decision in this regard, choose a method of mordanting that suits you and your chosen natural fiber. You can access many different prescriptions for this pretreatment, which ensures the permanence of dyeing, by internet research. As a result of years of research and trials we have compiled the methods that we decided to be the most practical for home applications for both plant and animal fibers and are offering them as a mordanting kits. Mordanting kits have sufficient amount of mordant material and explanations to follow along the process for your fiber with a dry weight of 500g.
After mordanting process, you can start dyeing. The dyeing process is simply by dissolving the dyes contained in the plant material in water, then heating the fiber in this solution. You need to proceed by experiment, as the parameters like how much you will heat, how long the fiber will remain in the dye will vary according to what color you want to achieve.
I live in the city, in the apartment, can I still dye naturally?
You sure can do. Although natural dyeing will take you out somehow, we all start natural dyeing in the kitchen of our house. All you need to get started are a few plastic pots, a steel pot, kitchen scale, a spoon to stir and an oven. In general, we do not recommend using the containers you use for dyeing for food. Do the mordanting in the bathroom or on the balcony, not in the kitchen, and there you go!
How do natural dye extracts differ from dry or fresh plant materials?
The difference is that they are much more concentrated because only dyeing substances are taken from dry plant materials and the rest is returned to the soil as pulp. So, for example, you can reach a desired shade of color using 10g of pomegranate extract instead of 1kg of dry pomegranate peels. When we look from this point of view, we can actually see that the extracts are more affordable. Another advantage is that it allows you to make standard dyeing. Because the amount of dyestuff in the extract is constant, it is possible to achieve the same result in multiple applications. It can be difficult to achieve this with dry plant material. Also, since they are in powder form, it is very easy to mix them with each other in a controlled manner.
Should I definitely do mordanting?
You can get the answer to this question in several places that you do not need to mordant for some dyes. But we disagree with this. Mordanting always provides more homogeneous, saturated and permanent dyeing. Therefore, we always recommend mordanting, unless otherwise recommended to achieve a certain color. There is only one exception, and it is indigo. Since a different mechanism is used in indigo dyeing, no mordanting is required. We have our indigo dyeing kit with necessary explanations and materials for dyeing.
What is in your mordanting kits?
There are some salts and compounds in powder form for you to mix in various proportions. But most importantly, what there isn't is anything toxic.
How is the fastness of dyes in natural dyeing? Do they wash away?
The answer to this question is how well the dyeing is done with which plant dye. Some plant dyes are very sensitive to washing and/or light due to their nature. Whatever you do, you cannot reach satisfying fastness dyeing with them. The fastness of our extracts is pretty satisfying. Another parameter that plays an important role in fastness is mordanting. A good recipe must be well implemented. Another point to note is that the process must not be rushed during the dyeing phase. When all of these are paid attention to, we do not expect much sensitivity to light, as well as washing away.
What should we wash naturally dyed textile products with?
Only with natural soap and detergents. You can wash in the washing machine with herbal detergents that you can find in the markets. You can also use grated olive oil soap.
I natural dye myself, but I can not reach your results, what should I do?
Color quality depends on many parameters in natural dyeing. Although we offer you the most practical and easily accessible materials and techniques, there is still a lot to understand by experiment. Please note that this is a craft. If you want to get deeper in the subject by getting into the subtleties of the work, you need to research, try and take time for it. The colors and techniques we have achieved over the years are the results we have achieved by working almost every day. Don't expect to find yourself at that point in an instant. On the other hand, it is not equally easy to share these results, making it simple for someone who is a starter. The colors, which we have simplified and formulated as much as we can, are on sale as color recipes. For those who want to deepen more, we organize trainings in our studio a few times a year.
Can I dye naturally without buying any of your products?
Exactly. We are only here to make your job easier, guide and provide materials you will have trouble finding. You can also access information and materials with your own efforts. You can find all your ingredients from nature, and even grow your own dye plants.