Let’s talk about Annatto seeds today ✨
Annatto seeds are also known as “roucou” or, eponymously, as “achiote. ”
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 .
But here, we’re going to talk about dyeing fibres with annatto seeds .
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 .