Tara is widely used as a light-colored tannin in leather industry. It has a high gallic acid tannin content between 30 and 50% tannins, making it ideal for mordanting. Like many high tannin dyes, it has a pleasant, tea-like aroma. Tara is the Quecha word for the shrubby tree Caesalpinia tinctoria, native to South America. The pods are the source of the dye.
We like to use tara for gray and purple by adding iron to the dye pot.
Tara seeds are used as a food grade thickener and the pods have traditional medicinal uses.
Try Tara as a tannin when mordanting cellulose fibers with tannin, or aluminum acetate and wheat bran.
Tara and Iron create a dark purple-gray.