There is enough tannin in this dye material so you don't have to use mordant, but alum will produce richer longer lasting brown. Loved as a base ton when over dyeing other colors.
Use an iron after bath to get greys to black.
20-50% WOF to dye a medium depth of shade
Botanical Name: Acacia - Nilotica The genus Acacia belongs to the family Mimosaceae Acacia will is Avery large genus containing tree, shrub and climbers. Acacia Nilotica(linn) wild exdel is known as in India as babul Kikar, Babur in Hindi. It is truly a multipurpose tree. Its timber is valued by rural folk, its leaves and pod are used as fodder and gum has number of uses. Almost every part of the babul tree is utilized for some purpose.
The sap wood of babul is sharply demarcated from the heartwood and white, whitish turning pale yellow on exposure. The heart wood is pinkish brown and turns reddish brown on ageing. The bark is obtained mainly as a by-product when trees are felled for timber or fuel. Leaves of A. Nilotica is known as “Indian Gum Arabica”. Dye stuff from A.Nilotica is extracted by boiling the pods, leaves, barks in varying proportion and occasional additions of wood extracts. Variation in colours from yellow, to black through brown can obtained by varying properties of leaves, pods, barks and wood extracts.
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