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What is "Natural Dyes" - Definition & Explanation

Natural dyes are dyes that are created from bark, bugs, flowers, minerals, rust and other natural materials. Dyes produced in nature that can be animal, plant or mineral based. On the face of it 'better' than synthetic dyes but they require huge amounts of land for cultivation, they are weak compared to synthetic dyes, require metal based mordants and many have very poor technical performance. However still worthy of further study. Natural dyes allow small producers to retain their traditional dyeing methods and promote biodiversity.
Dyes that are made from mineral, vegetable (plant) or animal; otherwise obtained from natural sources. The most common types include Indigo, Cochineal, Lac, Logwood, Madder, Munjeet, Catechu, Brazilwood, Osage Orange, Fustic, Weld, Tannin, and Quercitron.

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