Madder is a beautiful, permanent red dye from the roots of a pretty, vine-like, low growing herb. It has been cultivated in Europe and the Middle East for at least 5,000 years. It has extensive history in Turkey, India and Iran where it is still being used for dyeing knotted and woven carpets. The secret for Turkey red, a deep rich red color, was guarded for centuries throughout Central Asia and involved more than twenty steps to create this prized shade. Our madder extract will produce pale pink and peach shades all the way through a deep, wine-colored red.
Madder extract dyes to its deepest colors with an alum mordant and the addition of calcium carbonate (chalk). If you add a mild acid to your dye bath, such as Cream of Tartar, you will create a soft orange shade.
- Function: Dye
- Form: Powder
- Application: Cellulose, Silk, Wool
- Color: Orange to deep Red
- Typical Use Rate: 35-100% Weight of Fiber
- Source: Rubia tinctorum
- Package Size: 2 oz.