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how can I dye clothes with vegetable and fruit dye?? Answered

my daugther wants to color clothes with eco friendly products meaning no chemicals at all. we are thinking fruits, vegetables, plants... how permanent is the result??


They've said it all. The only two things I can add are 1. There is a lot of info on the net. You might look at the "mother earth news" site, 2. After dying the cloths wash them several times before wearing. Otherwise they are going to fade and she will end up with colored body parts. Good luck.

With no chemicals? That's going to be tough. If you're willing to try out some chemicals though, here are some possibilities: - betacyanin - betaxanthin - beta carotene - diferuloylmethane The raw materials for all of these chemicals are easily found at the supermarket, and extracting them is simply a matter of pounding and boiling. Although dyes made with these may not wash out readily, they do get bleached quite quickly in sunlight, and quickly lose their colour, so I guess they won't quite be called 'permanent'.

Not my area of expertise, but a few thoughts based on what little I know: Artificial fibers generally don't take dyes well, so plan on using cotton/linen/wool/etc. The Society for Creative Anachronism, which has collected a lot of advice on recreating middle-ages arts and sciences, undoubtedly has a lot of detailed advice and experience. Some of it may be on the web (search?), some is in purchasable documents. "No chemicals at all" -- Depending on the dye, you may need a mordant. Do you consider salt a chemical? How about alum? Tannic acid? It's _ALL_ chemicals; the only question is how complex they are and where you get them from. Vegetable dyes are generally more prone to fading/aging than mineral dyes. There are some instructables on dying; at least two use a vegetable dye.