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Dyeing with Fustic Dye Extract

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    What is Fustic?
     
  2. What colours does Fustic extract produce?
     
  3. How do I use Fustic extract?
     
  4. How much wool does Fustic extract dye?
     
  5. What is Fustic extract?

1) What is Fustic?

BFL superwash wool dyed with fustic natural dye extract

BFL wool dyed with fustic extract

BFL superwash wool dyed with fustic natural dye extract & indigo

BFL wool dyed with fustic extract & then indigo

Fustic or Old Fustic (Maclura tinctoria) is a medium to large tree originally found in the forests of Brazil and the West Indies. The dye comes from the heartwood of the tree. More on New (or Young) Fustic and Old Fustic here.

2) What colours does Fustic extract produce?
Fustic extract produces warm yellows. Over dye it with indigo for dark green and for dark blue (phthalo) green (see lower photo). Over dye fustic with logwood and iron for blacks.

3) How do I use Fustic extract?
Wash and mordant the wool (follow Scouring the wool and Mordanting with alum for details).

Make a paste with 1 teaspoon (5 grams) fustic extract and a small amount of warm water. Fill a saucepan with water and add the fustic extract paste.

Add the pre-wetted mordanted fibre. Bring the dye bath to a gentle simmer and then keep at that temperature for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring gently from time to time. Leave overnight to cool.

4) How much wool does Fustic extract dye?
20 grams of fustic extract will dye two 100 gram hanks of Blue-faced Leicester superwash wool to a strong orange yellow and a light yellow, respectively, depending on water quality and other factors (see top photo). We suggest you experiment as dye colours will vary with the type of fibre, the mordant and the quality of water.

5) What is Fustic extract?
Our Fustic extract is shipped as a weathered sandstone coloured crystalline powder that is very stable and of high colour fastness. It is produced using processes that respect the environment and comply with organic textile certifications. Our Fustic dye extract is an approved dyestuff for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS 2.0) and is of consistently high quality through certified cultivation of a pure plant (Europam: the European certification for medicinal herbs) and a high level of process control during production.

Learn more about dyeing with natural dye extracts:

brazilwood extract

coreopsis extract

cutch extract

fustic extract

gallnut extract

greenweed extract

lac extract

logwood extract

madder extract

myrobalan extract

persian berry extract

weld extract



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