Scientific Name: Punica granatum
Pomegranate fruits grow on a shrub-like tree and ripen in October in the area around themazi. Pomegranate originated in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin. It is cultivated mainly for culinary use, but the peel can also be used as a natural dye, producing gentle yellow tones which can be modified to soft greens and greys with the use of iron sulphate. The peel is high in tannins, its tannin content being approximately 20%. Consequently, it can also be used in a tannin-aluminium mordanting process, which is described in our blog.
How pomegranate peel powder is produced:
Here at themazi, we obtain our pomegranate peel from a local producer, who sells the seeds for use in foodstuffs. Because we buy the peel, a by-product of their process, it prevents this part of the fruit from being wasted. We dry the peel in the shade to avoid any loss of tannins, and powder them in our machines.
Historical use of pomegranate:
Although the historical uses of pomegranate have been primarily culinary and medicinal, the motif of the fruit has been used in a variety of cultures for millenia, including in textile design. For example, in ancient Egypt, the fruit was a symbol of prosperity and in some Hindu cultures it symbolises fertility. Historically the skins were used to dye carpets in ancient Iran and Persia. Its bark was used to cure leather and the rind and flowers were used to dye textiles.
How to use pomegranate peel powder:
Ensure your fiber/fabric has been properly scoured before use.
To dye or prepare fiber/fabric for the first stage in a tannin-iron mordanting procedure:
Use at least 20g dried pomegranate powder to dye or prepare approximately 100g of fiber. Cover with boiling water and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain off the solids if you wish and add the fiber/fabric to the liquid, topping up if necessary to allow plenty of room for the fiber/fabric to be moved around. Simmer for a further 30 minutes, allow to cool and soak for several hours or overnight. Stir occasionally to ensure even take-up of the dye/tannin. The use of an iron sulphate modifier after dyeing can provide soft greens and greys.
Our pomegranate powder has been tested by @adyeingartitaly. She shared with us how she used it:
“First of all, I cleaned the fabrics well with two ecological products: a fabric softener and a cleaner. After washing them, I let them dry in shadow. For the recipe, I've soaked the material in water, and let It rest for a night. Next, I boiled It for almost an hour. I soaked the fabrics in the dye and boiled again for 45 minutes. After the pan was cold I washed the fabrics in water with a fabric softener and a cleaner.
It's important in the case of silk to check the temperature, it must be always between 85-90°C”
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Buying dried pomegranate peel powder in bulk:
We sell dried pomegranate peel powder in small quantities as shown on our website. Please be aware that we also sell bulk quantities wholesale. We consider every order over 50kg as wholesale and we offer discounted prices. To enquire about this, click here
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