Chestnut (Castanea sativa) is a native to Southern Europe and used historically for tanning leather in Europe and North America. Our chestnut dye comes from European trees as the great American chestnut habitat has been severely compromised by blight since 1905.
The extract is derived from carefully managed chestnut forests and the byproduct that is not extracted for dye is made into pellets that fuel the energy requirements of the extraction facility. On fibers, chestnut extract yields a soft yellow which is excellent for combining with other colors or overdyeing with indigo for a rich teal. With the addition of iron, the chestnut color yields a warm gray shade. It is one of those subtle, aromatic dyes that when combined with other colors adds an intriguing “pop” to your color palette.
It has been said that an enterprising squirrel could once travel from Maine to Georgia on the interlocking branches of chestnut trees.
- 100g of Chestnut extract will dye approximately 400 grams (12 ounces) of fiber to a medium shade