Our very popular Sappanwood, also called East Indian redwood and Eastern Brazilwood is now available in an extract form. This means no simmering, steeping and straining dyestuff to achieve beautiful colors. The dye yield is a beautiful deep purple on wool and silk.
Sappanwood extract is native to SE Asia and India and is considered one of the “exotic” red wood dyes that produces wonderful red, lavender and purple shades. It is similar in color to the endangered Brazilwood, but this dye plant is easily propagated and not considered endangered or threatened. People traded it along the Silk Road and medieval dyers often used it. It was renowned as a medicinal herb as well as a brilliant color. When used from 5-10% wof, the color is a rich purple on wool. You can reuse the dyebath until exhausted, creating lighter shades.
Lightfastness with this dye is similar to logwood: not particularly lightfast, but washfast. Sappanwood extract is blended with a small amount of gall nut tannin to help with lightfastness.
Sold in 50 and 100 gram packages. 100 grams will dye up to 1000 g (2.2 lbs) a medium shade with color leftover for exhaust dye baths or pigment making.