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Sappanwood ~ Natural Dye Results

Natural Fiber Results with Sappanwood

Sappanwood is a botanical natural dye that speaks volumes in bright, intense volumes. Almost immediately, from the moment it touches water, it lends its vibrant red color generously with little hesitation.

Sappanwood gives a slightly richer and darker 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 rich burgandy-toward-black hue.

Check out the results below for more variations.


Below, Sappanwood shows in all its bright red glory on protein fibers of wool and silk.

Below, two Silk samples:

pre-mordant of Alum + Sappanwood, and

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

And lastly, below, Sappanwood shows a tiny bit more muted 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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