Pomegranate peels are the leathery skins and seeds of pomegranate fruit and although they are not normally eaten, are high in tannin and super useful as a natural dye. Pomegranate (Punica granatum), is also known as anaar in India and granada in Spain. It grows wild in India, Italy, North Africa and China and is used in Ayurvedic remedies. Pomegranate is an aromatic dye that yields a green-yellow color and shifts to olive and dark gray with iron. Pomegranate is used as both a tannin-rich mordant in India, and also as a dye.
Our pomegranate peels are dried pieces of the outside peel with a few seeds. Use about 20% wof for the peels or more for richer shades. To prepare, wrap the chunks in a tea towel or heavy paper bag and pound them with a hammer to break up the large chunks. You can also use a mortar and pestle to grind the skins into a coarse powder. Simmer the peels in enough hot water to cover them for about 45-60 minutes. You can let the solution cool over night, or strain the peels reserving the liquid, which is your dye bath and use immediately. Save and dry the peels for additional extractions or to use with bundle dyeing.
To use pomegranate as a mordant, prepare the peels at 30% wof and soak fabric in the pomegranate liquid solution for at least an hour or overnight. Remove from the solution and proceed to dyeing.
To use pomegranate to make grays, dye fabric with pomegranate at 10-20% wof. You may also mordant with aluminum potassium sulfate or with aluminum acetate if desired. Used 0.25-1.00% iron wof in the dye bath or as a post bath. Alternatively, mordant fabric with iron and then dye in a pomegranate bath.
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