This attached cotton yarn was dyed with the madder extract, 12% of the fibers weight.
Scientific Name: Rubia Tinctorum
Madder is a perennial plant with evergreen leaves and yellow flowers that is cultivated for its long roots from which the dye is made. The plants should be at least three years old before their roots, containing the active compound, alizarin, are harvested. Whilst it is most famous for its red colours, it is possible, by using a variety of techniques, for yellow, orange, red, coral, pink and purple shades to be obtained from our madder powder.
How madder powder is produced:
Our madder powder originates from the Aegean region. Unlike in concentrated farming, our madder is grown and collected by local experts in a number of different villages, each farmer harvesting the roots carefully to maintain the crop for future years. After careful checking, the roots are left to dry naturally and are washed and powdered by us here at themazi.
Ceilidh has used our madder and she said:
I discovered themazi’s natural dyes at the beginning of this year. It was the first time I dyed with madder and I was totally blown away by the colour I achieved. Super rich reds when used in conjunction with tannin and lovely salmon pinks when used with alum mordants alone.