CATECHU DYE ~ Dye Colour Brown and Beige
Catechu, or better known as Cutch, is a powdered dye which results in beautiful brown tones. It can be used for Cotton, silk and wool Fiber.
Cutch contains two dyes, catechu-tannic acid, which is soluble in cold water, and catechin, which needs hot water to dissolve.
*Catechu is apparently very good for eczema.
200gr wool (mordant optional see note below)
20gr of Cutch extract made into paste with boiling water (keep on adding, tends to be sticky)
Add to dye pot (hot water) and simmer, stir regularly;
Add the wool and simmer for 1 hour, leave overnight. The longer, the deeper the colour of the dye.
Leave wool out to oxidize before rinsing.
*Several more skeins can be added later for lighter colours. Catechu is difficult to exhaust
**mordant wool with Alum for brighter results, but it will also dye a nice browns without any mordant.
***use Iron for darker results