POMEGRANATE PEELS ~ CUT & GROUND ORGANIC ~ can be used as Tannin and as yellow dye
The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub in the family Lythraceae, subfamily Punicoideae, that grows between 5 and 10 m tall. The pomegranate originated in the region extending from Iran to northern India, and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region.
Working with Pomegranate is a slow, but lovely process. The main ingredient you need is time. The third picture shows you our organic double layered cotton fabric dyed with pomegranate.
For how to mordant your Cellulose fibres, please see our blog post but skip the tannin step:
If you are using protein fibres, a simple 10%Alum bath will do for mordanting, but protein fibres can also be dyed without a mordant when using Pomegranate peel due to its tannin content.
Add 100% pomegranate peel to 80degrees Celcius Water for one hour. (100% of the dry Weight of your Fibre/Fabric) If using powder, stir regularly or it will burn the bottom of your pan.
After an hour, switch of the heat and add the fabric/fibre. Leave to up to 3 days, until desired depth of colour.
Wash, rinse, dry.
Pomegranate Powder can also be used as a tannin and for printing when combined with Alum and Guar Gum.