Natural Dye (Part 1 of 6): Types Of Dye Sources


In the world of natural fabric dyeing, there are three sources where the artist may get their pigment bases from:

  1. Plants – such as Marigold which produces a rich yellow.
  2. Animal/Insect – such as Cochineal, an insect that lives on cacti that produces a deep blood red due to the carminic acid found in them.
  3. Minerals, coloured clay or earth oxide – such as ochre.



Cochineal (female)

Ochre deposits












Continue to part 2: How Are Dyebaths Made

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