How do you dye cotton yarn with turmeric?

How to do it

Do you need a mordant to dye with turmeric?

My pre-dye research revealed the following: Turmeric doesn’t require a mordant to set the dye. That’s cool – no other specialized ingredients needed! Unfortunately, it’s also what’s called a ‘fugitive dye’ – the chemical nature of fugitive dyes means they’re kind of semi-permanent.

Is turmeric dyed?

Turmeric is a fugitive dye, which means it doesn’t last as long as some other natural dyes; but I have found that some fabrics take the colour and keep it better than others, so testing your own fabrics is the best thing.

How do you naturally dye cotton with turmeric?


  1. Fold/roll/scrunch the fabric and wrap with rubber bands or string to make patterns in it. …
  2. Soak the fabric so it’s thoroughly wet. …
  3. Fill a saucepan with water, add turmeric and vinegar and bring to the boil.
  4. Once water is boiling add the fabric.
  5. Boil until the fabric is the colour you would like it.

Is turmeric a colorfast dye?

Turmeric, an inexpensive spice which makes an intensely yellow dye for natural fibers and nylon, is inherently non-lightfast. … Another traditional yellow natural dye, old fustic (from the tree Morus tinctoria), is less lightfast than quercitron or weld, but it is much more resistant to light than turmeric.

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Where does turmeric come from originally?

Turmeric is a product of Curcuma longa, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the ginger family Zingiberaceae, which is native to tropical South Asia. As many as 133 species of Curcuma have been identified worldwide (Table 13.2).

Does turmeric dye wash out?

Turmeric, red cabbage and beetroot are examples of plants that are stains, not dyes. These stains will wash out of fabric after a few washes – some more quickly than others. … It will wear off through washing, so needs to be topped up.

How do you keep turmeric from fading?

It is very rare to find a natural dye that will work on unmordanted cotton; turmeric is one of the few. It tends to be rather susceptible to fading by light; wash clothing that has been dyed with it only in cold water, by hand, and hang indoors to dry, never out-of-doors in the sunlight.