Wool Dyeing: Hot Process


Urban Dyer’s Almanac Dye Worksheet Plant collected:

Part of plant used and amount: I used 181 grams of torn/shredded cabbage.

Extraction process notes: The extraction process was simple. I boiled the cabbage for an hour.

Dye Recipe: Material / WOF (Weight of Fiber): 

Dye / Volume:  680 grams

Mordant / amount: Cream of tartar: 4 grams. Vinegar 5 grams.  Soda ash: 4 grams.

Recipe notes: 

Sustainable Systems Experiment Reflections – What do you think?


1. Did the work come out as expected (or as you hypothesized)?

2. Did your plants create the colors you expected?

3. Which plants created the greatest variety of colors through pH manipulation?


1. What new questions do you have?

2. What would you do differently next time?

3. What types of products could you apply the colors you created to? 

4. What other systems connect to the natural dye process? For example: Food? Manufacturing? Explain how they are related and how healthy ecologies can be fostered within these systems.

5. How might the development and use of natural dyes create interdependencies in supply chains? 

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