Pomegranate ~ Natural Dye Results
Natural Fiber Results with Pomegranate
Pomegranate is a gorgeous fruit with a husk that both inspires and surprises many a natural dyer. Instead of enriching fibers with its glorious magenta hue, it imparts a soft yellow that can be turned up a notch with the addition of a pre-mordant of Alum, or shifted into the land of forest, reaching into olive-greens and greys, with a post-mordant dip in Iron.
Pomegranate gives a slightly richer hue to protein (animal-based) fibers and lighter, gentler hues to cellulose (plant-based) fibers.
Mordants, like Alum, ensure the color will last while also brightening it a bit. And, Iron shifts it dramatically to a olive-green-grey hue.
Check out the results below for more variations.
POMEGRANATE ~ SAMPLES
Below, Pomegranate shows in all its gorgeous yellow glory on protein fibers of wool and silk.
Below, two Silk samples:
pre-mordant of Alum + Pomegranate, and
pre-mordant of Alum + Pomegranate + a dip in Iron afterward.
And lastly, below, Pomegranate shows a tiny bit more muted on cellulose fibers of bamboo, cotton and cotton velvet.