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Kamala Natural Dye

Kamala Natural Dye

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Botanical Name - Nelumbo Nucifera
Common Name - Mallouts Phillppensis
Other Name - Red Kamala/ Kamala Tree.
Part Used - Dried Fruit/ Bark / Seeds
Uses - Textile Dyeing

Kamala, Kameela, Kamcela, Spoonwood, Rottlera, Tinctoria all are synonyms of Mallotus philippensis, is a powder form of its fruit.  It is a medicinal tree due to the presence of various phytochemicals. The leaves contain an alkaloid. The glands and hairs covering the fruit give rottlerin, mallotoxin and kamalin. The bark has astringent action due to the presence of tannin and applied as a poultices on cutaneous diseases. The colouring components of Kamala comprises of several of several chalcones. They are rottlerin, 4-hydroxy rottlerin,3, 4-dihydroxy rottlerin.

Kamala powder exhibits several pharmacological properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antimicrobial activity. It is a powdery substance obtained from its fruit. Tree is also known as the monkey tree and found throughout tropical India.

Colour obtained on cellulose  fabrics is ranges from golden yellow to apricot shade, while brighter shades are achieved on silk and wool. Different shade can be created with the use of iron mordant.

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How to use

(A)Wet the fabric with wetting agent/soapnut(Reetha) or normal wash with water at 50 degree for 20 mins.

(B) Pre Mordant :-

Pre-treat the material with alum 6% of fabric weight at 85°C for 60 mins.

(C) Dyeing :-

Add the required amount of dye to the dye bath. PH of dye bath needs to be maintained at pH 5. If it is higher than pH, 5 add vinegar, if below pH 5, use lime or soda ash. Stir well to dissolve the dye. Add fabric to the dye bath and maintain at 95°C for 60-80 mins. We check all our natural dyes at 5% of fabric weight; you can amend the percentage as per lighter or darker shade required.

(D) Post Treatment :-

Conduct soaping of the dyed material with non-ionic detergent (0.5gpl) or ezee soap at 50°C for 30 mins.

(E)Then conduct cold wash of the material at 50°C for 20 mins or more time.

Natural Dyes Extract Discovery pack (50gms of each of all natural dyes extract powder)

This Pack includes 15 Different Natural Dyes Colours with Auxiliaries.

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Swatch Card - 35 Handmade organic cotton samples - Size 15 cm x 12 cm - Undyed/ Greige/ White

Variety of 35 swatches to help you understand the quality of fabrics.

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