Friday, October 18, 2019

Turmeric As Dye?

Hello Readers. I like to play around and dye my clothes sometimes to change things up. I read somewhere that you could use turmeric as a dye. Was it true? I wanted to find out because I have seen this mustard color in stores everywhere this fall.

 I didn't have anything this color but maybe I could make something myself for free. I used this off-white nylon skirt and a cashmere sweater in the same shade of off-white. I thought they would be a neutral test for the spice dye since they were exactly the same color. They were made of different materials so I thought that might cause different reactions. Let's see what happens.

Turmeric has health benefits and my daughter bought some to try as a spice. (Y'know for food.) She didn't like it. That meant I had some on hand to use for this dye project. I thought it would be an environmentally friendly way to dye clothes and fabric. But would it work well?

Some research on Google taught me that I needed to simmer the clothes for an hour in BIG pot of water and turmeric stirring often. So that is what I did. (I thought the pot and spoon might turn yellow and I was right.)

This skirt and sweater were both originally a pale off-white color. You can see how well the sweater took the new color. And the skirt... not so much. I hoped they would be the same exact shade. The skirt was much paler but I loved the new sweater color. I just didn't really like these 2 shades of golden yellow together.

 I wore the sweater with a denim skirt instead. I liked this combo better.
(Everything smelled like turmeric and I had to wash it all a few times before wearing.)

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End update-  I LOVE this sweater. It is still just as yellow after a few washes. I might try this again on more clothes.


Queen Of Rods said...

I love how both pieces turned out and have been interested in using natural dye for some time, but haven't tried it yet. Synthetics don't take dye as well as natural fabrics, so that would account for the lighter color on your nylon skirt. At least the coloring came out even and not blotchy. My question for you is how much turmeric in how much water? Thanks for sharing your excellent project :)

I Can Work With That said...

Hi Queen Of Rods,
I used my biggest stock pot with about 2 1/2 gallons off water. I used all the turmeric in my spice cabinet, about 3/4 of a cup.
It was a sort of an unplanned experiment so I just used what I had on hand.
I hope that helps.