We are super excited to offer a powder version of Fustic, and it produces knockout deep yellow shades. Fustic (Chlorophora tinctoria or Maclura tinctoria) is a tall tropical hardwood that grows from Mexico to Argentina. Fustic is high in tannic acid, which makes it an ideal cotton dye. In fact, it was used in the military to dye the color khaki during World War I. On cotton, it will dye a clear gold and on silk and wool it will dye gold to brown-gold. Fustic also provides a good base for other colors: indigo overdyed with fustic creates an khaki green; combined with madder and cochineal to make oranges; and mixed with logwood or with iron to produce olive greens. Use it at 10% for bright rich gold with a strong exhaust dyebath for additional color. Lower percentages will produce a lemony shade. The high tannin content of this dye will result in a slight color shift toward a golden buff when exposed to direct sunlight.
- 100 grams of Fustic powder extract will dye approximately 1000g (2.2lbs) a rich bright gold shade.
Recipes and suggestions
Dye mordanted wool and silk fibers in 10% fustic, then transfer to another dye bath with 10% Saxon Blue to get a Vivid Lime green
Dye mordanted cotton or linen fibers in 10% fustic, then transfer to another dye bath with 0.5% Iron Powder for an Olive/Khaki shade,