Ground Madder Root
We carry Rubia cordifolia, a finely ground dye extract that works and smells amazing. Quality ground roots make dyeing with this ancient dye easy as you do not need to chop up the soaked roots. To use, just soak and proceed to dyeing. Our ground madder is grown in the traditional madder producing regions of the world and yields a beautiful deep yellow-based red. We like to soak the roots, add fiber and simmer at low temperatures to develop the deep rich color. We use 100% of the weight of the goods for deepest cranberry to garnet shades. A small amount of Citric Acid and Calcium Carbonate allow you to get the richest shades from our madder roots. Instructions are online in our How To section.
- 100 grams of ground madder root will dye 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of fiber to its darkest shade. In addition, you will have multiple exhaust dyebaths for additional colors.
More fun facts about madder:
According to Cloth Roads: “Madder contains one of the most complex groups of substances of any dye plant–more than twenty compounds are contained in the plant. Alizarin, the organic dye found in the madder plant, creates the crimson red we associate with madder. However, there are yellow and purple colorants in the chemical mix, which is why madder produces such a wide variety of naturally-dyed colors.”
“Madder is one of our most ancient dyes–the universal red. Cotton textiles from the Indus civilization date to around 3000 B.C. A madder-dyed belt was found in Tutankhamun’s grave and archeologists have unearthed madder-dyed fabrics in ancient China. The Andean cultures of Paracas and Nasca used the domestic madder plant Relbunium long before cochineal. Throughout history, madder has most often been used on wool and cotton, as silk was considered so precious it could only be dyed with cochineal.”
Fustic Liquid Extract (combine with madder to make oranges)