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Capturing the colours of nature

Capturing the colours of nature

Colours are a creative expression and nature provides much inspiration and materials to create vibrant hues. Natural dyes are nature’s art in its own unique arcade.

Those who have a passion for colour find natural hues appealing. Natural dyes are obtaining from vegetables, minerals, herbs, and plants. Known for their lustrous hues and enduring nature, these dyes retain their charm and beauty even after a long time. Originating from natural sources, they diffuse from a water solution to impart colour into the fibre. Natural dyes fall under three categories; those obtained from animals, plants, and minerals.

Dyes from animals

In ancient Rome, Tyrian purple also known as royal purple will obtain from a kind of sea snails called Murex. Flashy and pretty, the dye imparts a reddish purple hue to fabrics and does not fade easily but becomes brighter with the passing days. It was very expensive, and in ancient days will consider as a designator of status and associated only with the Royals. Lac is a deep red coloured dye obtained from the resin extracted from the lac insect.

Dyes from plants

Berries, cherries, roses, and avocado skin are for getting vibrant pink hues, while dandelion roots, walnut hulls, coffee, acorns, and oak bark give brownish colours. Elderberries, indigo, purple grapes, and dogwood bark give blue shades. The green colour is obtaining from sorrel roots, spinach, peppermint leaves, lilacs, snapdragons, and artichokes. Bright marigolds, turmeric, celery leaves, lilac twigs, dandelion flowers, and bay leaves give a yellow hue, while pomegranate, beet, bamboo, and hibiscus impart a reddish brown colour to the fabric. Naturally obtained dyes prevent water pollution and impart medicinal value to the fabrics. The shades produced are also unique, thus creating novel trends.

Dyes from minerals

Ochre is obtaining from clay containing hydrated iron oxide and will use to impart reddish-brown hue to the fabrics. Limestone or lime gives white shade, while mercury gives red, and malachite gives a green hue.

Naturally dyed clothes cut down chances for allergies and chemical sensitivity.The entire process of organic practice consumes less energy, emits fewer greenhouse gases and hence has a lower carbon footprint. Colors found in nature are vibrant and more beautiful than artificial colours. It is rewarding to capture them and wear it on the clothes.

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