Natural Dyes to Liven Up Your Wardrobe


Laura EverlyThe Native Indians learned to use their natural surroundings without wasting anything.  TheH Native American women learned to cultivate the grasses, trees, roots and fruits to use in their every day living.  As our great country extended across the United States, pioneers learned from the Indians and used their own cultivation ideas’  Needless to say, using fruits and roots to dye fabric has been used for a very, very long time.

This blog contains a list of different fruits, vegetables and plants that can create unique colored dyes that can be used to brighten your wardrobe.  Only one type of fruit, vegetable or plant is used to make the dye, but I thought I would list a variety in case there wasn’t access to a product that produced the desired color.

Strawberries, cherries, and raspberries will make variant shades of pink.  Beets and dandelion roots are good produce to make hues of red.  Of course, blueberries dye clothes blue. Red cabbage, grapes and elderberries will also make blue dye.

If wanting to create a green tint use grass, spinach, snapdragons or peppermint leaves.  For a yellow color the sunflowers, marigolds and dandelions work well.  If you are looking for a gold hue use red clover. 

powdered dye
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There are many more natural, fresh foods we can harvest and use as a dye.

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