What are natural dyes? Most natural dyes come from dye plants, the best-known ones including madder, brazilwood, logwood, weld, woad and indigo. Some natural dyes, such as cochineal, come from insects, or from mineral sources.
Madder, weld and other dye plants have been used for thousands of years. Until the late 1800s when synthetic dyes came into common use, textile colours came from the use of natural dyes. Natural dyeing can, however, easily become the future. Natural dyes are a renewable resource and not dependent on petroleum as are many synthetic dyes.
Providing alum is used as a mordant, plant dyes use no toxic or polluting chemicals, and the organic matter left over from dye plants can be put on the compost. Combined with the natural colours of wool and cotton, natural fabric dyes such as indigo and cochineal are arguably the only possible colours for dyeing organic textiles. Read more about natural dyes and buy natural dyes here.
Dyeing with Natural Dye Extracts Although it is very exciting to dye fibre directly from plants that you have grown yourself, natural dye extracts are economical, very concentrated and easy to repeat a colour. They save time as they do not require lengthy pre-soaking and simmering, and dye extracts can be mixed to obtain different dye colours. Read more about natural dye extracts here and buy dye extracts here.
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What's new on this website?
Some recent Airmail orders have taken over 8 weeks to US addresses
England is in Lockdown from 05 Jan for an extended period. We continue to trade but orders will take much longer to pack, to ship & to arrive!
Dyes orders:We are on Xmas break from 21 Dec to 04 Jan. Orders received after Sun 20 Dec, will be sent in January.
1st class post and Airmail continue to be slow for the foreseeable future - see our note of 12 Oct, below.
England is starting a 4 week lockdown today but WildColours is continuing to trade! Orders may take longer to ship due to the high volume of orders being received.
Covid19: We regret to report that UK 1st class post is often very slow at the moment and some is taking 2 weeks or more! This appears to be especially a problem in London. Some Airmail is also taking a long time and may take 5 to 8 weeks to the US and at least 3 to 5 weeks in Europe.