At Bhu:sattva, we promote the use of herbs with renounced medicinal properties. Natural dyes (100% chemical free) are the colors extracted from the plants and minerals. Many of the natural dyes are medicine itself as they are extracted from herbs, which have endless list of the therapeutic benefits. On the contrary, chemically created colors are terrible poisons. Natural Dyes along with Natural Fabrics are very good for skin. Vegetable/ natural dyes and cultivation of dye-yielding plants gain precedence in eco-fashion. Made from berries and plants, vegetable dyes are bio-degradable and carbon neutral.
Since antiquity, fabrics have been dyed with extracts from minerals, plants, and animals. In fact, dyeing historically was a secretive art form; the most beautiful and exotic pigments reserved were for those who had the status to wear them.
The beet is a plant in the amaranth family. Beets will give rust / red or pink colors, but fade with time. The leaves can also be used to produce a yellow color.
The succulent pomegranate fruit yields an ocher-yellow dye and the skin is rich in tannin, which improves colorfastness. The pomegranate dye lacks brilliance so it is often mixed with turmeric root to make the color brighter.
Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger, Sometimes known as "Indian saffron". Both the culinary spice and the dye are obtained from its root. Turmeric was and is still used for textile painting and printing in India.
Catechu is an extract usually made from the heartwood of Acacia catechu. It yields an orange-brown dye that is rich in tannin. It is used mainly to dye cotton and silk".
Teak tree leaves
Teak or Tectona Grandis is one of the most popular trees of India. The bark is bitter tonic and is considered useful in fever. It stains Teal color.
Henna has many traditional and commercial uses, the most common being as a dye for hair and clothes. Natural henna stains only a rich red brown and Dark Brown color".
To the dyer, madder is a miracle of nature because its roots contain alizarin, one of the most valuable red dye pigments ever known.
Kesu flowers are feathery yellow or orange swirling flowers. It stains Dhavadi Cream, which is unique in itself. Kesu, is Rich in Tannin and Improves color fastness.
Haritaki is so named because it grows in the abode of Hara (the Himalayas); it is natural green (harita) in color and cures (harayet) all diseases.
"SILIKHA" is a small white flower with light pink center and aromatic fragrance. It stains Yellow color, which is quite similar to that of Turmeric. It is rich in tannin and improves color fastness.
"Indigo's ability to produce an extensive range of beautiful blue shades has made it the most successful dye plant ever know. The commercially available indigo powder is made from the leaves of Indigofera tinctoria, which requires hot, sunny, and humid growing conditions to flourish"