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Annatto ~ Natural Dye Results

Natural Fiber Results with Annatto

Annatto Seeds are such a joy to dye with. They have a fun botanical scent while cooking and even afterward infused in the fabric the first few washes. And their color range is warm and serene.

Annatto gives a glorious brassy gold color to protein (animal-based) fibers and softer peachy hues to cellulose (plant-based) fibers. Mordants, like Alum, help the color last longer and also brighten it a bit. Iron adds a shade of grey to the orangey hue.

Check out the results below for more variations.


Below, Annatto shows its bright fullest color on protein fibers of wool and silk.

Below, two Silk samples:

pre-mordant of Alum + Annatto, and

pre-mordant of Alum + Annatto + a dip in Iron afterward.

And lastly, below, Annatto shows a more muted hue on cellulose fibers of bamboo, cotton and cotton velvet.

Notice that the weave structure of each has a great effect on the final color results as they interact with our eye.



For more information on Natural Dyes and each step of the Natural Dye process, check out "Intro to Natural Dye," ANINI Designs' 48-page eBook.

I cover everything I teach in my 4-hour in-person Intro to Natural Dye Workshops, in addition to offering eco-friendly adaptions to the process.


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