Rich Purple Logwood



We are carrying a specialty-grade Rich Purple Logwood that yields a brighter, deeper, and richer purple shade, especially on wool and silk fibers.

Logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum) originates from the Yucatan region of Mexico. It is naturalized throughout Central America and parts of the Caribbean. It was also known as Palo de Campeche or Campeche wood. Like cochineal, logwood extract was one of the valuable dyes from the New World. As a result, Spain and England went to war over regions that were lush with logwood trees in an effort to control the lucrative logwood dye trade.

Logwood yields a rich, deep purple and was used as a base or “bottom” for the desirable dark purple and black colors of European fashion and aristocracy. It was in such high demand that in the 18th century, nearly all black dyed cloth was colored from Logwood. We use it today as a traditional textile dye, a laboratory stain and for dyeing sutures. Logwood by itself is not particularly lightfast, so keep from bright sunlight. Its lightfastness increases and the color darkens to a near black with added iron. In addition, if your water is neutral or acidic, a little soda ash in the dyebath will enrich the purple tone on wool and silk fibers.

We carry a superior grade of logwood extract in powdered form from managed tree farms. 25g of rich purple logwood extract will dye approximately 500g of fiber (1.1 pounds) to a beautiful dark purple shade. For more information on using rich purple logwood, please visit our page on natural dye extracts.

Did you know you could combine logwood with weld extract to make green? See our blog post with recipe ideas for details!

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25 gm, 50 gm, 100 gm, 250 gm, 500 gm

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