Natural Plant Dyes - the Plants in our Dyes

Below is a list of plants commonly used as natural plant dyes and also found in Blue Castle natural dyes. Each plant is used either singly or in combination in our dyes. They are developed using a traditional Indian method of fermentation resulting in very vibrant, concentrated and colorfast dyes. Colors can also be combined. Some favorites are Blood Red with Smoke Grey, Desert Black or Navy Blue. Or Navy Blue with the various yellows (Sun, Tiger, Mango) to get varying shades of green.
See natural dyes shade charts.



Alkanet (Anchusa officinalis) - this is the plant in Smoke Grey. Depending on the strength of the dye bath the color ranges from light tan to a lovely purplish gray. Alkanet is also used in Desert Black along with Madder and Indigo.

Cutch (Catechu) - found in Garnet Brown.

Golden Shower Bark (Cassia Fistula) - combined with Indigo in Navy Blue

Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) - found in Navy Blue, Forest Green and Desert Black

Kamala (Mallotus Phillippinensis) - used in Tiger Yellow

Madder (Rubia tinctorum and Rubia cordifolia) -Madder is found in Blood Red, Turkey Red, Eco-Orange, Desert Black and Hill Brown.

Marigold (Tagetes Erecta) - is Sun Yellow.

Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) - This is the main plant in the herbal mordant along with pomegranate. It can also be used as a yellow dye.

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) - Used in the Herbal Mordant as well as Mango Yellow, Hill Brown and Eco-Orange.

Soapnut pericarp - in combination with Madder to make the very intense Blood Red.

Tumeric (Curcuma longa and domestica) - used to make Eco-Orange, Mango Yellow and Forest Green



Composition of Natural Dyes

Blood Red - Madder and Soapnut pericarp

Desert Black - Alkanet, Madder and Indigo

Eco-Orange - combination of Indian Madder, Tumeric and Pomegranate

Forest Green - Tumeric (Curcuma domestica) and Indigo

Herbal Mordant - Myrobalan and Pomegranate

Hill Brown - combination of Alkanet, Tumeric, Pomegranate, Madder and Soapnut

Mango Yellow - Tumeric and Pomegranate

Navy Blue - Indigo and Golden Shower Bark

Smoke Grey - Alkanet

Sun Yellow - Marigold

Tiger Yellow - Kamala

Turkey Red - Indian Madder


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Blue Castle Fiber Arts is a small on-line fiber arts business and importer of natural dyes from India. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

This website focuses on our easy-to-use natural dyes and you will find plenty of information about them and how to use them. You can also visit our supplier's website here: Sam Vegetable Colours.