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Our Copper color comes from a mix of Fustic and Gallnut Tannin.
Fustic is the heartwood of a tall, tropical hardwood tree that's in the Mulberry family. Sometimes called "Dyer's Mulberry," fustic was used in the past to dye the Khaki color on old Military uniforms.
Our Tannin comes from Gallnuts, which aren't actually nuts! A Gallnut is an outgrowth of plant tissue caused by insects and has been used for centuries to make ink. Gallnut is high in Tannin, which is an important part of the dye process, as it helps the dye adhere the the fabric, and stay there!
Our Rust color is made from a mix of Cochineal and Madder Root.
Cochineal is a scale insect that lives on prickly pear. They use their own red dye to deter ants. Humans have been using it for thousands of years to make vivid and natural red dyes for everything from Cleopatras lipstick to these Rudy Jude Clothes
Madder comes from the root of the Madder bush, which is to be in the coffee family. The oldest traces of Madder used as dye are over 5,000 years old and were found on bits of linen in King Tut's tomb.
It's likely that early American flags were made of wool dyed with this combination of Cochineal and Madder that we use to make our own Rust color.
Our Lilac Color comes from Food Grade Iron Salts and Walnut Tannin.
The Iron we use to dye is simply salt crystals, not exactly table salt, but Ferrous Sulphate. Dyeing with Iron is one oldest known dye techniques, it dates all the way back to 3,000BC. All ancient greys and blacks were dyed with a combination of Iron and Tannin. Iron is used in natural dying as a way to "sadden" a color, or to make it darker.
Walnut Tannin comes from the hull of a walnut. The hull is broken apart and soaked to extract the dye and is used to make deep browns and in combination with Iron salts, to make colors as dark as black.
We use small amounts of both of these ingredients to make our pale Lilac color.