Used as both a dye and a mordant but does leave color, so keep that in mind when over-dyeing other colors. Pomegranate yields soft yellows to green-yellows when used as a dye.
15-20% WOF to dye on mordanted fabric, though there is enough tannin to not mordant. When using as a mordant use 5% WOF. Add 2% iron for grey to greens. Mix with yellow colors like turmeric for lovely warm tones.
Botanical Name: Punica-Granatum The pomegranate is considered to have originated in the region from Iran to Northeast India. The genus name Punica refers to that Phoenicians, who were active in broadening its cultivation, partly for religious reasons. The rind of the fruits and the bark of the pomegranate tree are used as a traditional remedy against diarrhoea, dysentary and intestinal parasites. The major colouring components in pomegranate is tannins, extracted from the fresh and dried peels. Pomegranate is considered as a plant based yellow dye. Which are tannin, along with some parts of pelletierin called tanante, about 19% along with pelletierine. The main colouring agent in the pomegranate peel is granatonine which is present in the alkaloid from N-methyl graatonine. Punica granatum is from the family Punicacea. It grows in all warm countries of the world and was originally a native of Persia. Colors obtained exhibit good fastness to washing, rubbing and light.
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