Natural Dye Q & A
Natural Dye Q&A
We’ve gotten a huge response from adding plant dyed fabrics to our line, and more than a few questions to go with it! We’ll tackle a few of those here, and as always, if there’s anything else you’d like to ask don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to hear from you.
Will they fade?
Yes, the same way your favorite blue jeans will. Sun exposure and washing will slowly fade your natural fabric, so to protect that beautiful pigment we recommend not storing them in direct sunlight, and not washing them in hot water. Using a pH neutral soap (like our laundry soap) also helps retain the pigment. If the label of the soap you are currently using doesn’t proclaim its pH balance, you can test it with a pH strip or even with cabbage! More on that to come…
How should I wash them?
We recommend hand washing your garments in cold water with a pH neutral soap. The cold water helps lock the pigment into the fibers, and the pH neutral soap is gentler on the dyes than more acid or alkaline solutions.
Will the colors change?
Natural pigments are fascinating, and many of them will change color when exposed to strong acids or bases. Turmeric will react with water and baking soda and produce a beautiful red-orange pigment. Purple cabbage creates a beautiful blue when it reacts with a base, and a striking green when it reacts with an acid. I’ve experienced this when I’m using my natural fabrics as dishtowels and wiping up spills on the counter, or using them to wash my face. You can choose to be gentler with your uses of these handmade fabrics, wearing them as bandanas or using them as gift wrap to preserve their solid colors, or you can embrace the living colors as an art of their own. In that case, proceed with wild abandon.
“You can choose to be gentler with these hand-dyed fabrics, or embrace the living colors as an art of their own & proceed with wild abandon.”