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Sustainable Natural Dye Kits by The Good Tee
Looking for something fun, guilt-free and creative to do? We’ve got a really GOOD project for you. Introducing our natural dye kit for the beginner dyer - a perfect introduction into the beauty and wonder of creating colour from nature and customizing your own unique t-shirt. The best part about this, is it’s sustainable, a guilt-free project, with minimal environmental impact. A perfect way to let your inner artist shine while remaining planet-conscious.
Cochineal & Ground Madder Root (pink+orange) and Logwood & Osage Sawdust (purple+yellow) Kit Contains:
- Comprehensive instructions in the kit will take you through the step by step process of preparing your fibres and dyeing with these dried dyestuffs.
- Ingredients to dye around 2-3 adult t-shirts.
- Alum (a food safe ingredient made of potassium aluminum sulfate) as the mordant(for colourfast), and Gallnut, tannin powder made from the galls formed on oak trees, for pre-mordanting.
- Ground madder root (rubia tinctoria) for lovely peachy orange shades, and Cochineal (dactylopius coccus) for pink, OR Logwood chips (haematoxylon campechianum), which yield gorgeous soft purples, and osage sawdust (maclura pomifera) for yellow, depending on kit purchased.
Please note that the dyed fibres and shirts in the photos are not included. They are there to show you what colours you can expect to achieve with the dye.
Indigo (indigofera tinctoria) species are the world's only source of natural, true, colourfast blue. A magical dyestuff that has been used around the world as a dye since pre-historic times, the culture and wonder that surrounds this plant is immense.
Indigo cannot be dyed in the same way as other dyes, but must be used to create a "living" vat, which is achieved through a sort of fermentation process.
Indigo Kit Contains:
the ingredients to dye around 2-3 medium adult t-shirts and rubber bands. The kit also includes comprehensive instructions on how to create and use the vat.
This kit contains the pre-measured ingredients to create one organic fructose vat, with which you can dye quite a bit of fibre - how much a kit will dye depends on a few things, including how dark you want the blue to be, and what fibres you use. But it will dye a lot! As a general ballpark, you could expect to dye at least 2-3 t-shirts to a medium blue, and probably more, and darker if you wish.
- indigofera tinctoria powder extracted from the plant, pickling lime (calx), and fructose sugar.
Dye Contents by Style
- Cochineal & Ground Madder Root (pink+orange): 35 g alum, 25g gallnut, 15g madder, 7g cochineal
- Logwood & Osage Sawdust (purple+yellow): 35 g alum, 25g gallnut,15g logwood, 15g osage sawdust
- Indigo (blue): 20 g indigofera tinctoria powder, 40 g pickling lime (calx), 60 g fructose sugar.
Wash Cold/Wash Full: Wash your clothes in cold rather than hot. Wash full loads to save on the amount of energy you use. Switching to an Energy Starmuch as 7,000 gallons of water per year. Use enviro-friendly detergents.
Air Dry: Skip the dryer- it uses lots of energy and emits CO2. Instead, air dry outside or inside. If using a dryer, use dryer balls to shorten drying time. Ditch the dryer sheets, they contain nasty chemicals.
Wash Less: Spot clean. It’s that simple.