Ground Myrobalan Pods


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Myrobalan pods (Terminalia chebula) are a commonly used dye throughout India. The trees grow primarily in the foothills of the Himalayas. They are upright upright tree with small oval leaves and lovely bright yellow flowers. Myrobalan has always been used as a primary component for cotton dyeing in India. It is often employed as a mordant prior to creating brown and black on cotton fabrics. Myrobalan extract overdyed with indigo makes a beautiful teal color. Using higher percentages of myrobalan yields a brownish yellow. The lower percentages yield a light buff color.

This dye is the finely ground pods of the myrobalan tree, not a concentrated extract. Nonetheless, it is very high in tannin and a good source for mordanting cotton fibers if you want to experiment with using a traditional tannin as a mordant. Use about 15-20% on the weight of the fiber to make a bath, then soak scoured fabrics in this solution for at least an hour or as long as overnight.

For more information about dyeing with myrobalan pods, please see our page on dyeing with raw materials.

Have you read our blog post on 10 Tannins That Don’t Need a Mordant? Myrobalan is one of the ten.

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Weight 115 g
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in


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