Madder Paste Extract
50 g of madder root powder.
We turn the madder root powder into a paste extract so you can skip the madder extract and head straight to the dyeing step! This paste is concentrated and easy to use. We currently work with a farmer group in India to source this madder. Within a few years we hope to have a built up seed supply and production method to source sufficient quantity in the US, but for now we know you are going to love this madder root powder!
- Madder Dyeing
Prior to dyeing, weigh fabric and calculate %WOF desired shade of Madder
- Mix madder paste well with hot water for several minutes.
- Liquid is ready to be used as a dye bath. Dyeing can occur at room temp or elevated depending on desired result. Bring up to 180F over 1 hour for best reds, and follow red recipes in Jim Liles book "The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing" for truest reds. Agitate in dye bath frequently.
Our favorite madder pre-mordants are alum or tannins. For deeper reds, use alum mordant and calcium carbonate (chalk). After dyeing, you can use iron as post-mordant for "saddening" the color to a muted purple red. To take more orange, don't heat as much and add a mild acid like cream of tartar (yes the one in your spice cabinet!)