Five Natural Dyes and Their Processes

by Tyler P. A Passionate Blogger - Entertainment
Braided rugs are found in each and every household. They come in different color, shape and size and complete your home decor. 
No one can deny the rustic beauty a braided rug brings to any space.  This is one classic room accompaniment that never seems to go out of style.  The comfort and luxury associated with a high quality braided rug are only a part of the reason that these never seem to lose their place within the home.
This rug came from very humble beginnings.  Early settlers would use their old cloth that was no longer of a suitable quality to wear.  They would tear this cloth into strips, and use a bit of yarn the braid all of it together. This allowed them to repurpose old fabric into a stylish and practical rug. This was particularly important to have in the winter months, as floors were rarely complete.
These inventions of necessity caught on, and were soon desired in homes of wealthier patrons.  Braided rugs have continued to work as both functional and beautiful decoration, while carrying their rich and interesting history into the 21st century.

They can be found in almost every color, and made to order for more particular clientele.  You can buy black braided rugs, or those that have a rainbow of color.  The dye process is particularly interesting, and many high end retailers still use some of the natural methods listed below:
1. Indigo
Indigo is a plant cultivated in warmer climates.  It has been used for centuries to obtain the rich blue colors desired in both clothing and in yarn used for rugs.  The indigo plant is broken down, and the color is isolated, and turned into either a powder or a kind of cake of color. This is then used to prepare a vat or a mixture of ingredients that will help the dye to adhere to the clothing long term.  
After this, the mixture is slowly poured into a non-reactive vat with water heated to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Dissolve the indigo until the desire color is reached.  Then the actual dying process can begin.  This is one of the most time consuming colors to work with, but definitely one of the most beautiful.
2. Saffron
This was the most common source of yellow coloring in history. Yellow is considered one of the easier colors to create due to the numerous sources available in roots, flowers. Berries, leaves, ect. Saffron is a spice that is taken from a specific type of crocus.  It adheres fairly easily to fabric, and has a rich yellow that can border on orange when used heavily. This method is still used today in many high quality handmade products.

3.  Red
This color is created using the root of the madder, and other berries and flowers that can add depth to the color.  Red is notorious for adhering to fabric, and is one of the most prevalent colors found in ancient tapestries and rugs.  This dye also seems to last much longer than other colors due to its bold and vibrant nature.
4. Green
This is a two-part process that involves a base of Indigo.  Once the fabric or yarn is dyed to an appropriate depth of blue, saffron can be added.  This mix of blue and yellow gives way to the truest green that can be created naturally.  With the strength of both dyes, this green adheres well to fabric.  It was difficult to know how much of either color to add, and there are times throughout history when greens were fairly inconsistent.
5. Brown
Browns required the grinding and pressing of bark and other darker colored tree products.  Sometimes this color required more than one dye session in order to reach the desired depth.
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