Tara is the Quecha word for the shrubby tree Caesalpinia tinctoria, native to South America. The pods are the source of the dye and it is widely used as a light-colored tannin in leather industry with 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.
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.