Wattle is a member of the Acacia family and is used extensively in leather tanning as it is prized for its even coverage and penetration of skins and pelts for tanning. Natural dyers use wattle extract as one of the rich tannins to create iron-based grays and blacks or to overdye with indigo to create interesting muted greens. The color is a beige with a pink cast and it has a characteristic toasted wood smell. Most wattle is grown in Australia, South Africa and India and the Black Wattle is most commonly extracted to create the dye.
Wattle Extract Recipes
Warm Rose (swatch at bottom)
Grayed Lavender (swatch on right)
20% wattle and 0.5% iron combined in the dye bath
Light Peach (swatch on left)
Nutmeg (swatch in the middle)
1% iron afterbath