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The yellow flower heads are used to extract the dye ingredient quercetin.
This ingredient produces bright yellow to olive-green colours.

Yellow chamomile is available in packs of around 100 grams, 500 grams or 1 kilo.
This product is packaged in a compostable bag produced in the Netherlands.

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Yellow chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) Gele kamille, (NL)
Family: Compósitae
Dyes: Bright yellow-olive green

From southern Europe, various species of chamomile, including the yellow chamomile, have over the centuries spread to all countries in Europe.
The yellow flower heads are used to extract quercetin. This ingredient produces bright yellow to olive green colours.
Yellow chamomile is also known as dye chamomile, which can be seen from the suffix ‘tinctoria’ meaning ‘used as dye’.
You can also grow the plants yourself in a sunny, dry and stony spot. When they are in full bloom in summer, you can harvest them and let them dry.

The yellow chamomile…
… is a strong butterfly attractor
… smells less strong than the common chamomile
… is also called a plant doctor because it seems to make all plants in its surroundings better.
… is a winter hardy plant
… is related to the wild chamomile (Matricaria recutita), with which you can also paint.

This is one of the natural dye products described in the book Eco-verf by Anja Schrik.


Basic recipe for 100 grams of wool, silk or cotton to dye yellow


– 100 grams of yellow chamomile                 
– 15 grams of alum                             
– 2 grams of tartaric acid 
– 1 cup of vinegar 
– (electric) cooker
– 2 old (cast iron) pans
– apron, gloves                          
– cheesecloth 
– (glass) pots, buckets or containers
– 2 cups household soda crystals (if you are going to dye cotton)             

Step 1: Wash (only if you are dyeing cotton, skip step 1 if you are going to dye wool or silk)
Fill a bucket with plenty of water and 2 cups of household soda and leave your cotton there for 24 hours. Rinse well the next day.

Step 2: Mordanting
Dissolve the alum and tartaric acid in a jar with hot water. Put 3-5 litres of water in a pan and add the mixture of alum and tartaric acid. Soak the wool, silk or cotton in a bucket of water and when completely soaked, add them to the mordant pan. Bring the temperature to 80 degrees (not hotter). Let this simmer for over an hour. Then let the fibres cool slowly in the mordant bath. You can leave this overnight or get started right away.

Step 3: Dyeing
Put the chamomile in a cheesecloth bag and place it in your dye pot with 3-5 litres of water.
Bring the dye bath to boiling point and let it simmer for an hour.
Lower the temperature to 30 degrees and add the wool, silk or cotton. (Tip to speed up this process: put your pan in the sink with cold water)
You can leave the chamomile in the cheesecloth bag in the dye bath during the dyeing process. Make sure that the fibres can ‘swim’. Raise the temperature up to 80 degrees and leave to simmer for an hour.
Let the dye bath cool down slowly.

MC tips:
1) For better results, soak the chamomile in water for 24-48 hours before starting step 3. Then pour the decoction through a cheesecloth bag into the dye bath and top up with enough water.
2) After cooling, leave the fibres in the dye bath overnight.

Step 4: Fixation
Rinse the fibres and leave them for an hour in a bucket of water with 1 cup of vinegar. Rinse well again and hang to dry.

Sustainable packaging

The packaging material we have selected for Oogst natural dyes ​is made out of agricultural wase. 

It is compostable and complies to the EN13432 directives for compostability and is also DIN CERTCO certified.

The package material is suitable for the food industry and helps perserving the materials.

Oogst Natural Dye product philosophy

Tiring of quick-fix culture and instant gratification? Frustrated with the monotony of modern life? Are you yearning to make elegant and stylish products yourself? 

Instead of falling victim to the ‘quick-fix’ mentality, take your time and create something relatively insignificant by today’s standards. Get back to nature with natural dyes.

The earth is our most precious resource. It provides everything we need, including the landscape in which we live, the food we eat, the air we breathe. It’s our foundation, grounding us in a steady rhythm of seasons. The fast pace of modern life has shifted what is considered valuable. What we need and even who we are has been redefined by a consumeristic society.

Let go of the impulsive convenience mindset. Break free from the urge to just consume. Create something new, make something on your own – using natural dyes – and reconnect yourself with nature. Discover the pleasure of Oogst natural dyes for yourself, getting back to basics with colours directly from nature.

There is something to be said about the process of creation. It is not only the final product that is important, but what led to its creation. We want you to experience how it feels to make something with your own two hands.

And why should that be complicated? The truth is that for hundreds of years before synthetic dyes came along, common folk were creating their own dyes.

We’re bringing back the lost art of natural dyeing. It’s easy to buy what you need at the stores just like everybody else, but when you dye your own projects you come away with something truly unique.

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