Our new yarn, SilverSpun® Silk, is a glorious blend of American grown Combed Cotton, Tussah Silk and Silver. Each skein is hand dyed using the best natural dyes available. We are very proud that we are using only natural dyes for this yarn and thought it might be helpful to share what botanical dye(s) we used to create the beautiful colors of the SilverSpun® Silk color pallet.
Today we take a look at, "Terra Cotta". The warm, orange/yellow color of this yarn was created using Madder Root & Weld.
Madder – Madder (Rubia tinctorum) is one of the oldest and most frequently used traditional dyestuffs known. It has extensive history in Turkey, India and Iran where it is still being used for dyeing knotted and woven carpets. The secret for Turkey red, a deep rich red color, was guarded for centuries throughout Central Asia and involved more than twenty steps to create this prized shade. Madder extract will produce pale pink and peach shades all the way through a deep, wine-colored red.
Madder is found in different forms: Rubia tinctorum in Central Asia, Rubia cordifolia in India and Pakistan, Rubia peregrina (Wild Madder). In Japan, madder is called akane and refers to Rubia cordifolia, which was obtained through trade with India. Lady’s Bedstraw, a common member of the Rubia family, was used for stuffing mattresses and its roots yield a lighter red dye.
Weld Extract – Weld (Reseda luteola) is the most light fast of the yellow dyes, used by ancient tapestry weavers in Central Asia, Turkey and Europe. Weld is the brightest and clearest yellow flower dye and in combination with iron creates a rich chartreuse, or overdyed with indigo is a clear lime green.You can find this color, as well as all the other beautiful naturally dyed colors of SilverSpun® Silk here.