Easy Natural Dyeing at Home with Turmeric

Easy Natural Dyeing at Home with Turmeric
Let's dye the fabric to cheery shade of yellow
 
If you’ve ever cooked with turmeric, you know that it stains fabric like gangbusters. Heck, it even stains your hands, if you handle it too much. The property that calls for caution in the kitchen is your ally if you’re looking to dye fabric a cheery shade of yellow! Here’s how to make a batch of fabric dye from turmeric, water, and just one other ingredient that’s most likely already in your kitchen!
 
Luckily, you don’t need harsh, chemical dyes to tint fabric in lovely colors!
 
 
Getting started
 
List of things you will need:
1. Turmeric powder
2. Salt/Vinegar
3. Vessel
4. Strainer
5. Water
6. 100% cotton Fabric/T-Shirt/Scarf
 
Process:
1. Combine the water and salt (you can use 2 spoons of vinegar instead of salt) in your pan and bring it to a boil.
2. Then add two spoons of turmeric and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. The salt/vinegar is your “fixative,” which helps your fabric take the dye.
3. Soak the fabric/anything that you want to dye in water(has to be undyed/white and 100% cotton/silk/linen) and leave it till fully wetted.
4.Turn off the heat, add your wetted fabric to the pot, and use your spoon to make sure that the fabric gets a nice coating in the dye. Let your fabric soak. The longer it soaks, the more vibrant your color will be.
5. Check it after the first 5-10 minutes, then just keep checking on the fabric every few minutes until you get the vibrancy you’re looking for.
5. Take out the dyed fabric from the dye bath and rinse it in tap water until all extra dye washes out from the fabric.
6. Wash it with a mild detergent and dry it in shade. Putting it in sun will fade the color from fabric.
7. You're ready to use it.
 
I dyed two sample fabrics, one was 100% cotton and other was cotton-silk, soaking them for 30-40 minutes in the dye bath.
 
I also made a Shibori scarf by soaking it in the dye bath for 15 mins.
Save the leftover dye in a container and you can use it for more projects. You can store it for a week.
 

1 comment

  • Madhurendra -

    Your guide to dye the clothes are really excellent 👍🏽

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