Dyer’s Chamomile, is a flowering plant that belongs to the family of Asteracea. It is a bushy plant that produce pretty yellow daisy-like flowers. The common name for Dyer’s Chamomile are Golden Marguerite, Sweet Marguerite, Yellow Chamomile, or Ox-Eye Chamomile. The Latin name for Dyer’s Chamomile is Cota tinctoria or Anthemis Tinctoria. The word, “Tinctoria” is to impart color, as in dyeing, or staining.
If you are looking for a particular plant for dyeing, keep a look out for plants that has names that end with the word, Tinctoria. These plants generally yield colors, and are good for dyeing.
In this post, I picked some from our garden, and dipped the flowers in an alum mordant before I bundled them with different types of fabrics. Then the bundles were steamed for two hours. When I opened the bundles the following day–I was dazzled by the bright and sunny yellow color imprints from the flowers. It reminds me of lemon drops! I am pleased with the results and happy to share.
1st sample using organic cotton fabric
2nd sample using merino silk fabric
3rd sample using silk fabric
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