Natural Dye Extract Kit - Powder

Natural Dye Extract Kit - Powder

Sorry, this has been discontinued. 

Five natural dye extracts plus alum and cream of tartar. The perfect starter kit for those who want to try an easy introduction to natural dyes. Each extract is in a concentrated, easy to mix powder or liquid and comes with complete instructions.

The kit will dye approximately 2-4 pounds of natural fibers.

The kit includes:

  • Lac - approx. 1/4 oz. 
  • Logwood - approx. 1/4 oz.
  • Cutch - approx. 1 oz.
  • Fustic - approx. 1.4 oz. (in a jar)
  • Saxon Blue - approx. 1/2 oz. (in a bottle)
  • Alum - approx. 3.5 oz.
  • Cream of Tartar - approx. 1/4 oz.
  • Packaged in a in tubed box

*Please note there might be a substitution Cochineal for Lac.*

To view our other natural dyes sold individually click here.


Detailed information:


Saxon Blue liquid indigo : a striking, easy to use blue from the indigo plant, this recipe dates to 1740. Works best on wool fibers, and satisfactorily on silk; however we have, on occasion, observed color instability on silk fabrics. On cellulose fibers the color will be quite pale and unstable.

Cutch (Acacia catechu) is the rich reddish brown color seen in Indian textiles. It is sweet smelling in the dye bath and yields rich red browns with long cooking times. Cutch and an alum mordant will be golden yellow-brown and requires a two hour simmer to develop its deepest shades; the addition of 10% hydrogen peroxide or 2% dissolved soda ash in the dyebath will dramatically deepen the color. Cutch combined with iron will yield a lovely chocolate brown. 4 oz. of Cutch extract will dye approximately 1.1 pound of fiber to a dark shade.

Fustic (liquid)
Fustic (Chlorophora tinctoria) is high in tannic acid, which makes it an ideal cotton dye; in fact, it was used in the military to dye the color khaki during World War I. On cotton, it will dye a clear gold and on silk and wool it will dye a warm gold. Fustic also provides a good base for other colors: overdyed with indigo for green; combined with madder and cochineal to make oranges; and mixed with logwood or with iron to produce olive greens. Use at 1-10% for bright to rich gold. 1.5 oz. of Fustic extract will dye approximately 1.5 pounds of fiber a medium gold shade. Fustic is thick and tends to get sticky when cold; it flows best when it's at 80 degrees or slightly warmer. If it gets cold and thickens, place the bottle in a warm area and it will pour easily. We do not recommend microwaving it, but another option is to put the bottle in a warm water bath.

Lac (Laccifer lacca) extract comes from a scale insect and the deep red colorant is extracted from a hard resinous crude shellac before it can be successfully used as a dye. The resin is known as shellac, and is used for lacquer and as a protective covering for wood. Lac is an affordable alternative to obtain pinks, purples, and burgundy reds on protein fibers using an alum mordant. You will need a small amount of citric acid to use with lac. 2 oz. of lac extract will dye approximately 1.1 pounds to a dark shade.

Logwood Extract - (Haematoxylum campechianum) originates from the Yucatan region of Mexico and is naturalized throughout Central America. It yields a rich, deep purple which was used as a base for the desirable dark purple and black colors of European royalty. Logwood by itself is not particularly lightfast, so keep from bright sunlight. With added iron, its lightfastness increases and the color darkens. 2 oz. of Logwood extract will dye approximately 4.5 pounds of fiber to a dark shade.

Made in: INDIA (IN)


Average Customer Review
Click here to add or update a review for this product.

5 star rating
I haven't actually tried the dyes yet but they look great and I loved the Japanese fabric in which they were wrapped. I did e-mail the kit supplier because I didn't know how much water to combine with the dyes in the dye vat--the instructions didn't specify and I am a novice. They very quickly replied and very kindly explained to me that it doesn't matter as long as the fabric to be dyed moves freely in the dye solution. Now as soon as I decide which dye I want to try first and order several more habotai scarves I will start experimenting with them.
Was this review helpful?  I found this review helpful This review was not helpful
12 of 13 users found this review helpful.

5 star rating
I bought this kit because although I had used Dharma's dyes previously I had not used any natural dyes. I thought I'd start small and this kit had everything I needed. It took me a couple of tries to get the colors that I wanted but once I did I was hooked and I can't wait to dye with natural extracts again. The colors are truly glorious. I would recommend this kit for anyone who is interested in exploring natural dye extracts.
Was this review helpful?  I found this review helpful This review was not helpful
2 of 2 users found this review helpful.

5 star rating
I spent a saturday working with the dye kit and all of it worked perfectly
Was this review helpful?  I found this review helpful This review was not helpful
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.

Customer Comments
Image of a notebook and pencil

If you'd rather speak with a human, please call toll-free from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada M-F 8am to 5pm PST

Phone: (800) 542-5227

Your item has been added to your shopping cart   Item Added to Cart
Your item has not been added to your shopping cart   Item Not Added

About Tiered Discount Levels

You can combine cotton and rayon clothing & accessories to get the greatest discounts. Your discount is figured on the total number of cotton and rayon items we ship, not how many of each type, style or size. Mix and match them to get the best discount.

Example: adding 4 each of 3 different T-shirts in any sizes will give you the 12+ price on all 12 shirts.

Visual aid for discount details

Visual aid for how discounts will look in cart

Some products may be excluded from discounts, and / or may discount only with themselves. If you have any questions at all please contact us toll free at 800-542-5227 (no buttons, just humans).

Drag and Drop chips to the Palette first.

ssl test img