- Some sensitive skinned people experience irritation to certain chemical color. Such people can go
for clothing colored from Natural Dyes, as they are extremely easy on the skin and do not cause any
sort of irritation.
- Artificial dyes have a tendency of spreading in a few washes. They tend to get dull over a period of
time. On the other hand, Natural Vegetable Dyes are absorbed well by the fabrics and thus the
fabrics do not fade even after several washes.
- The natural colorants are obtained directly from the nature and are extremely environment
friendly. Unlike chemical colorants, Natural Dyes do not cause any pollution.
|Material||Material Name||Colors Extracted||Benefits|
|Turmeric||Turmeric boosts a rich history as culinary spice, textile dye, and medicine. Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger, Sometimes known as ‘Indian saffron’, It is the source of the familiar yellow colour of many Asian curry dishes. 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. It Cures tvagdosa (skin diseases), meha(obstinate urinary disorders including diabetes), asra (vitiation of blood), sopha (edema), pandu (anemia) and vrana (ulcer).|
|Haritaki||Haritaki is so named because it grows in the abode of Hara (the Himalayas); it is natural green (harita) in colour and cures (harayet) all diseases.This is known as the king of herbs for its high medicinal properties.|
|Madder||Madder’s leafy tops sprawl untidily over the ground and their clusters of tiny yellow flowers look insignificant. Yet to the dyer, madder is a miracle of nature because its roots contain alizarin, one of the most valuable red dye pigments ever known. It Cures visa (poisoning), sopha (edema), yoni sula (pain in female genital organ), aksi sula (pain in the eyes), raktatisara (diarrhea associated with bleeding), kustha (obstinate skin diseases including leprosy), vitiation of blood, visarpa (erysipelas), vrana (ulcer) and meha (obstinate urinary diseases including diabetes).|
|Pomegranate||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. In India and Southeast Asia it is used as a mordant and a dye. It acts as Hrdya (cardiac tonic), rocana (appetiser) and constitutive.|
|Indigo||Indigo’s ability to produce an extensive range of beautiful blue shades has made it the most successful dye plant ever known. The commercially available indigo powder is made from the leaves of Indigofera tinctoria, which requires hot, sunny, and humid growing conditions to flourish. It Cures moha (unconsciousness), bharma (giddiness), udara (obstinate abdominal diseases including ascites), plihan(spleen disorder) and vata rakta (gout).|