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Textile Dyeing Tutorial: Plant-based Pigments

Learn this basic dyeing technique that uses leaves, flowers, barks, stems, roots, peels and seeds step by step with Anabel Torres

As the name suggests, plant-based pigments are those extracted from plants. Within this category, we can find flowers, peels, leaves, stems, fruits, seeds, barks, and roots. Dyeing with plant-based pigments means extracting the color from these materials, putting them to boil, and getting it to stick to the fabric we want to dye.

In the following video tutorial, fashion designer and textile artist Anabel Torres (@anabeltorres) shows a very simple and effective method to dye your fabrics with different natural pigments. Find out below:


It is important to note that the harder pigments (roots, trunks, barks, and seeds) should be left to soak in water overnight before boiling, so that they release a better, more intense color. You should also remember to filter out the smaller pigments after boiling, and before adding the fabric, so that it does not become dirty with the small particles.


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