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Natural dyes are colouring sources extracted from plants, invertebrates and minerals. They can be classified based on source, hue, chemical structure and colour component.

Dyeing with natural materials requires an endless amount of time and patience. It takes days to collect, grind, soak and pre-cook in order to extract the dye. For each dye material a different extraction method can be applied. It is up to the dyer to choose the most suitable method for the dyeing of the textiles. Parameters such as fibre, temperature, time, pH, mordent and dye molecular characteristics can determine the results, lightfastness and durability of the dye colour.

The use of natural dyes has become a quest of re-discovering all the hidden colours within nature and reclaim cooperative relationships with the Earth.




        
In Xochistlahuaca (Mexico), Cochenille (Dactylopius coccus), Nance (Byrsonima crassifolia), Almond (Prunus) and Hay were often used as natural dye sources for the Amuzgo women. Sadly, this practise has been lost among artisans, despite the availability of these natural resources.








        
TUYO is building partnerships with artisans to recover the local dyeing practices while developing accountable production processes with viable sustainable methods.  



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