Logwood chips yield a rich, deep purple and we source ours from sustainably managed farms.
Our logwood is in sawdust/wood chip form. Use repeatedly until there is no more color. Sold in 100 gram quantities and includes instructions.
- 100 g of logwood chips will dye approximately 600 grams (24 ounces) of fiber a deep shade. There will be enough dye leftover for exhaust baths.
Like cochineal, logwood was one of the valuable dyes from the New World. According to University of Michigan, “logwood was originally prized as a textile dye. Common clothing in late 15th century Europe was rather drab brown or gray. Logwood yielded one of the dyes that would change the wardrobes of Europe by introducing a cheap source of color. Long used by the indigenous native Nahuatl people in the coastal Mexican area of Bay of Campeche, Hernando Cortez and the Spanish discovered that the beautiful blacks (popular in Europe), as well as purple and blue dyes, could be made from logwood chips. A natural resource from the New World was found.”
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. The symbol of Belize actually includes logwood harvesters and the region is renowned for its exceptional 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. If your water is neutral or acidic, a little soda ash in the dyebath will enrich the purple tone on wool and silk fibers.