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NATURAL DYES + MORDANTS

$12.00

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Welcome to the Amazing World of Natural Dye!

So, you want to explore Natural Dyes...
...Or, you bought/received an ANINI Designs Natural Dye Kit & need a re-fill to keep experimenting and exploring...
...Or, you just want to dye (more) items with this amazingly rich, luscious, magical color that just keeps producing color?!
-- Well, you're in the right place!

FOUR BULK NATURAL DYE STUFFS TO CHOOSE FROM:
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(1) ANNATTO SEEDS (plant)
~ Includes: 50 grams of ANNATTO SEEDS WHOLE
(2) COCHINEAL (insect)
~ Includes: 20 grams of COCHINEAL INSECTS IN WHOLE FORM
(3) CUTCH DYE (plant)
~ Includes: 20 grams of CUTCH IN POWDER FORM
(4) MADDER ROOT (plant)
~ Includes: 50 grams of MADDER ROOT IN LOOSE CHUNKS/POWDER

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(1) ANNATTO ~ INCLUDES: 50 grams of ANNATTO SEEDS WHOLE
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A little of this dye will go a long way. 50 grams will dye double its weight in fabric/fiber. The dye will continue to give color in gorgeous lighter shades at a lower ratio, depending on what shade of color you are looking for (dark, medium, lighter tones).

To achieve a rich, dark color, use approximately .5 : 1 (weight of Annatto Seeds : weight of Dry Fabric).

HISTORY, SOURCE, COLOR
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ANNATTO is a seed from the Achiote Tree. It has been used to dye textiles for many thousands of years. It's also commonly found in many foods that are enhanced by its natural yellow, orange coloring. It has a deliciously sweet, natural fragrance.

ANNATTO dyes in cheerful, gorgeous shades of light to golden yellows, peachy-yellow-oranges and bolder oranges.

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(2) COCHINEAL ~ INCLUDES: 20 grams of COCHINEAL INSECTS WHOLE
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This is a very potent dyestuff. 20 grams will dye a varied quantity of items, dependant on the weight of those items and what shade of color you are looking for (dark, medium, lighter tones).

To achieve a rich, dark color, use approximately 5-10% the weight of the dry fabric.

HISTORY, SOURCE, COLOR
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COCHNEAL is a natural dye harvested from the body of a tiny insect that lives on cacti. Cochineal has been used to dye textiles for thousands of years, and more recently (in the last few centuries) it's been used to make those bright, radiant pinks and reds in make-up, and to color foods.

COCHINEAL dyes in gorgeously rich shades of pinks, magentas, reds and purples.

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(3) CUTCH DYE ~ INCLUDES: 20 grams of CUTCH DYE POWDER
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A little of this dye will go a long way. 20 grams will dye a varied quantity of items, dependant on the weight of those items and what shade of color you are looking for (dark, medium, lighter tones).

To achieve a rich, dark color, use approximately 1:5 (weight of Cutch : weight of Dry Fabric).

HISTORY, SOURCE, COLOR
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CUTCH is a natural dye from the heartwood of the Cutch Tree. It's been used to dye textiles for many thousands of years across the Middle East and into Asia. It has a beautiful, fragrant scent.

CUTCH dyes in gorgeous shades of golden caramel, taupes, tans, fawns, red-browns, and browns to dark umbers.

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(4) MADDER ROOT (plant) ~ INCLUDES: 20 grams of MADDER IN CHUNKS
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MADDER can be used at .5:1 up to 1:1 weight, for the richest color. This means that 50 grams will dye approximately 50 grams (dry weight) of fiber/fabric. It will continue to dye in lighter shades till the dye has been used up. You may also opt to use less for a lighter red hue.

HISTORY, SOURCE, COLOR
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MADDER is a natural dye from the root of the perennial plant of the same name. It's been used to dye textiles for thousands of years and dyes in beautiful shades of earthy reds. It was most famously used to dye the British Red of the Redcoats, but can be found coloring ancient textiles around the world.

MADDER dyes in a range of earthy, rich shades of reds, oranges and corals.

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(4) SANDALWOOD (plant) ~ INCLUDES: 30 grams of SANDALWOOD POWDER
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SANDALWOOD can be used at .5:1, .75:1, up to 1:1 weight, for the richest color. This means that 50 grams will dye approximately 50 grams (dry weight) of fiber/fabric. It will continue to dye in lighter shades till the dye has been used up. Less dye will generate a softer, subtler hue.

HISTORY, SOURCE, COLOR
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SANDALWOOD is a natural dye from the tree of the same name. It's been used to dye textiles for thousands of years. It is most well-known as a scent today, but has an ancient history providing color.

SANDALWOOD dyes in a range of beautiful soft shades of coral, peach, and pinks.

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(4) ALUM (metallic salt-mordant) ~ INCLUDES: 50 grams of ALUM POWDER
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This ALUM is made of Potassium Aluminum Sulfate.

ALUM is used to mordant fibers and fabrics before applying Natural Dye. Mordant gives Natural Dyes a surface to grip permanently. Without mordant, most Natural Dyes will either immediately rinse out or quickly fade, or both.

ALUM Mordant helps Natural Dyes achieve their brightest, strongest potentials when dyed over. It is a safe metallic salt and perfect for home use.
It's good for use on Protein and Cellulose fibers/fabrics.

DETERMINING QUANTITY
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(1) Weigh dry fiber/fabric to dye.
(2) Divide total weight of dry fiber/fabric by 15-20%.
(3) Measure that quantity of ALUM to mordant with.

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS
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(4) Boil a pot* of water that will fit fiber/fabric to mordant.
(5) Gently pour ALUM into hot water and stir till dissolved.
(6) Wet all fiber/fabric before adding to the mordant.
(7) Add wet fiber/fabric to the mordant.
(8) Cook on medium to high heat (dependent on fiber type -- e.g. lower heat for silks, wools; higher heat for cellulose) for 1 hour.

* Pot must only be used with dye processes. Do not use a kitchen-cooking pot that you plan on using again with food.

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(4) IRON (metallic salt-mordant) ~ INCLUDES: 25 grams of IRON POWDER
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Iron is Ferrous Sulfate. It is used to mordant fibers and fabrics either before applying Natural Dye or as a Post-Mordant Color Shifter.

As a Pre-Mordant, IRON gives Natural Dyes a surface to grip permanently while shifting colors to a dark, moody palette. As a Post-Mordant, IRON allows a dyer to shift many dyes to a different spectrum of color.

IRON Mordant helps Natural Dyes achieve deep, dark, moody hues. It is a safe metallic salt and perfect for home use. It's good for use on Protein and Cellulose fibers/fabrics. However, be sure to not overdue IRON on silks and protein fibers.

DETERMINING QUANTITY
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(1) Weigh dry fiber/fabric to dye.
(2) Divide total weight of dry fiber/fabric by 2-4%.
(3) Measure that quantity of IRON to mordant with.

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NOTE: With all Natural Dyes, your color results will be determined by how you approach the Natural Dye process (e.g. as in, what minerals are present in the water you use, what temperatures you heat to, which mordant you use, what type of metal pot you choose to mordant and dye in, what fiber type you're dying, etc.).

* NOTE: ANINI Designs is not responsible for the color you reach through this varied and multi-faceted process.

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SHIPPING NOTE: Buyer is wholly responsible for import/export rules to their country. ANINI Designs is not responsible for knowing all international shipping law.
This means, your country may not allow some natural dyes and/or metallic salts through the postal service and they may be seized by customs. There are no refunds if this should take place.

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PROCESSING TIME:
This item is ready to ship upon order. This item will be posted within 3 standard business days (not including holidays)...but generally speaking, I get things out to the post office on the day they are ordered or the next morning. :) If you specific time constraints, please do reach out to me before purchase. Thank you!

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ANINI MISSION:
I am committed to creating pieces that speak in conversation with, for, and in support of our amazing environment.
By purchasing from ANINI Designs you are supporting an independent, work-from-home fiber artisan who is weaving her peace, love, joy and the future into each textile.

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* All shipments shipped in gift-ready packaging. Please add a NOTE upon purchase if you'd like a hand-written note included in your package. Thanks!

* * Colors may vary slightly due to computer settings.

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