-Soak the powdered raw material in water for a day.
-Disolve the the crushed alum in water and boil. The fabric for dyeing is then added.
-Soak the Ritha(soap nuts) in water for a day and heat just before use.
Extracting the colour from our chosen dyestuff was probably the most time consuming of all the stages.
Boil the water and raw material mix for about 30min. Some dyestuffs may require boiling for a longer period of time.
Filter the raw material with a thin cotton cloth after the mix has cooled slighty. It is important to remove all powdered dyestuff from the dye bath.
Put the mordanted fabric into the dye bath, and stir gently to dye evenly. There must be plenty of room for the fabric to move freely in the dye bath.
Stir the Ritha water to create a lather. This will need to be refreshed regularly if dying a large quantity of fabric.
Take the fabric out of the dye bath and wash with Ritha water and rince a few times before a thorough rinse in just water prior to drying.
It is highly recommended that fabrics should not be put out to dry in direct sunlight as this will effect the colour.
It is harder work, takes much longer and costs more than synthetic dyes. But once we went through the whole process, we saw our achievements and were amazed by the colours.