annatto dye

Let’s talk about Annatto seeds today ✨ Annatto seeds are also known as “roucou” or, eponymously, as “achiote. ” They come from the achiote tree (Bixa orellana) . It yields a brown, heart-shaped fruit that is covered with prickles, much…

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Let’s talk about Annatto seeds today ✨

Annatto seeds are also known as “roucou” or, eponymously, as “achiote. ”

They come from the achiote tree (Bixa orellana) .

It yields a brown, heart-shaped fruit that is covered with prickles, much like the fruit of a chestnut tree. Inside, however, instead of one shiny seed, there is a multitude of red seeds. It is the red flesh of those seeds that yield the yellow or orange colour .

Historically, it has been used as a coloring in many cheeses, butter margarine, and also non-dairy foods .

But here, we’re going to talk about dyeing fibres with annatto seeds .

For sure it would be impossible to not dye your yarn successfully with annatto seeds or your clothes, or your hands, or anything else they come into contact with �

The dye compound known as Bixin that contains in the Annatto seeds is what gives a range of shades from yellow to reddish-orange and the colour produced during fibres, yarns and fabric dyeing varies depending on water ph, water temperature, and mordant .

Annatto seeds can be used as a direct dye, that is without using any binder or a mordant .

Muezart is working on a downloadable pdf that talks about our dye ingredients, processes of our natural dyeing with lots of untold stories from our women

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