For the best natural dye results, Madder Root had been atop the picking list since ancient times. Early dying evidence comes from as early as 3BC in India, where we believe hermits dyed their rags with the vegetable root. The root of this plant can create a variety of red dye colourants perfect for leather, wool, cotton and silk, amongst others. Some distillations of the powder are even used in soap colourant.
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The plant itself hails from the coffee family, Rubiaceae, and sources claim it has been used as a dye for over 5,000 years. As well as being one of the best natural dyes for textiles, you can infuse it for several weeks in your soap recipe oil. Infusing it offers a very very delicate shade of pink and you can achieve a better colour by adding it to your lye.
Alizarin, the main dying component of the root, also yields yellow and brown colours. For those looking to move away from synthetic dyes and looking for colours across the red range, madder root is perfect.
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