Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) is a common dye throughout India. It grows primarily in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an upright tree with small oval leaves and lovely bright yellow flowers. Myrobalan is a primary component for cotton dyeing in India. Similarly, it is often employed as a mordant prior to creating brown and black on cotton fabrics. Myrobalan extract overdyed with indigo makes a beautiful teal color. Use a higher percentage of myrobalan to yield a brownish yellow, and a lower percentage to yield a light buff color.
- 50 g of Myrobalan extract will dye approximately 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of fiber to a dark shade