Walnut Husk (Juglans regia) Walnotenbolsters (NL)
Direct dyeing (no need to pre-mordant)
The Walnut is native to south-eastern Europe and Asia and can be found everywhere today. This tree bears fruits (walnuts) that are contained in a husk. In the autumn, the husk splits and falls to the ground. Now the walnuts can be harvested. And you can get to work with the husks!
…can grow up to 30 metres tall.
… bears fruits, walnuts, which are contained in husks and are not only very tasty but also very healthy.
… keeps mosquitoes and flies away.
… will only bear fruit after many years, your patience will be tested!
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 brown.
What you need:
– 100 grams of walnut husks
– an old (copper) pan
– (electric) cooker
– apron, gloves
– (glass) pots, buckets or containers
– 1 cup of vinegar
– 2 cups household soda (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 baking soda and leave your cotton there for 24 hours. Rinse well the next day.
Put the walnut husks in a jar with a litre of water. Let this soak for 1-2 days.
Step 3: Dyeing
Pour the extract through a cheesecloth bag into the dye pot, tie the cheesecloth bag shut and fill the pot with water to 3-5 litres. 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.
You can leave the walnut husks in the cheesecloth bag in the dye bath during the dyeing process. Make sure that the fibres can ‘swim’. Bring the temperature back up to boiling point (for silk to around 80 degrees) and leave to simmer for an hour.
Let the fibres cool down slowly in the dye bath.
1) After cooling, leave the fibres in the dye bath for an extra night.
Step 4: Fixing
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.
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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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.