Do you know, that natural dyes are prepared from some of the plants and flowers.
There are 4 types of dyes prepared. They are:- Ancient Dyes, Botanical Dyes, Dye Extracts, Dyewoods Warning.
Ancient Dyes:- Natural dyes were used centuries before alchemists became chemists who created dyes in laboratories. Dyers found color in every part of plants, from flower to leaf to root, and from trees including the outer bark, inner bark and the heartwood. Some dye colors were found in insects and seashells, some in colored clays and earth oxides. Some dyes were simple 'cottage dyes' - herbs and flowers grown locally or found in nearby fields. Other dyes have become famous for their coloring ability, or rarity, or general popularity of the moment. Dyes encouraged foreign travel when most people never went beyond their town limits. Dyes were so important that ships carrying dyes were allowed through enemy lines.
Botanical Dyes:- Throughout the ages, wild-crafted herbs, flowers, and weeds were used as dyes and often augmented or substituted for expensive imported dyes. Fresh plants give different colors than dried, so try them in your dyeing as well.
Dye Extracts:- These finely powdered colors are genuine natural dyes that have been concentrated by a special process. Extracts are 2 to 8 times stronger than regular natural dyes. Extracts create 'instant' dyes of rich natural colors on all natural fibers, especially on protein fibers (silk and wool). These dyes can be used for immersion dyeing or hand-painting on fabric, leather, paper, wood or bone, and are especially beautiful for period manuscripts and scrolls. Extracts are more expensive but much less dye is needed to get beautiful color results! Dye extracts can be mixed with each other or with earth oxides to create even more hues.
Dyewoods Warning:- Many woods can cause contact dermatitis if handled without gloves. Sawdust can cause allergic reactions if inhaled as it contains microscopic splinters, so wear dust mask and safety goggles. Keep powdered dyewoods away from children and pets.