Themazi buckthorn is grown by local farmers. The species is common in Central Anatolia, where it grows on rocky soil at altitudes of 3,300 - 8,300 feet. The plant’s flowers produce berries that remain green for several months, eventually turning brown or black. The berries are harvested and dried naturally then powdered.
Color effect: Buckthorn seed powder can be used to create a range of shades including orange-yellow, yellow, beige, green, and khaki, depending on the mordant and modifiers used.
Buckthorn - Rhamnus Petiolaris Boiss also known as Anatolian buckthorn, Persian berries, and sea buckthorn, the seeds. They have been used as a natural dye for hundreds of years.
It is best to use an alum mordant with buckthorn seeds.
How to dye with buckthorn seed powder:
Ensure your fiber/fabric has been properly scoured and mordanted before use.
Use between 30-50g of buckthorn seed powder to dye approximately 100g of fiber. The more powder you use, the darker the colors you will be able to achieve. Buckthorn powder is suitable for hot and all-in-one dyebath techniques.
See the detailed blog post that will show you step-by-step how to dye with buckthorn seed powder and learn which mordant is the best the reach your desired color.
Buying buckthorn seed powder in bulk:
Themazi manufactures buckthorn seed powder in Turkey and you can purchase wholesale buckthorn seed powder from us. The MOQ for wholesale weld seed powder is 50 kg. For wholesale inquiries and price offers please click here.
Charlotte Treglown used our buckthorn seed powder. She said:
"I used themazi’s buckthorn seed dye on cotton and wool. I mordanted my cotton with their oak gall tannin, followed by alum with soda ash. The wool fabric I used was mordanted with alum. The buckthorn dye gave me some really beautiful strong golden yellows, which I was able to modify to olive greens with iron. I also obtained some lovely mustard and darker brown/green shades by increasing the pH with soda ash and then dipping it in iron. I was delighted by how strong the colors were."
Charlotte is based in the UK. She uses natural dyeing and eco-printing to create unique pieces from recycled fabrics.