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Source of Natural Colorants for Hand Block Prints

Using natural and vegetable colors for dying fabrics and other materials is one of the dates back to arts in India. Carrying out tests of fruit and vegetable colors has come in better results in hand block print art. Later many different colors were made using chemical elements but it came with harmful results in diseases like skin problems, itching, infection, etc.  So in recent times in India, the experts are working to produce eco-friendly colorants and experimenting with various natural sources. 

Most of the natural sources are produced from plants and fruits (leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark, roots, berries, etc.). In addition, there are lots of basic origins colorants extracted from-

Indigo Blue

Indigo is the most popular dye of ancient times implemented to color a variety of fabric materials. It is extracted from the leaves of Indigo Ferra Tinctoria. Some fabrics like silk, cotton, and wool can be colored using Indigo blue. Likewise, it is implemented in hand block printing to stamp designs onto women's Indian clothing accessories moderately such as scarves, dupattas, and kurtas, etc.

Kamala Pigment

This beautiful color is extorted from the flower of the Kamala plant. This pigment is good for dyeing silk and wool fabrics. Leaving yellow shades produces brightness to the outfits.

Manju Fruit

It is also used for coloring silk and wool materials. It produces gray-cream color shades with the amalgamation of iron and alum. Mostly, this dye is used to create golden prints on light and shade fabrics.


 In historic times, Madder was used in Egypt.  Madder (Rubia Cardifolia) is a good source of dye and commonly produces colorants like pink, red, and orange. Moreover, Madder contains about 20 compounds of color. Red and purple colors in the chemical blends construct a good range of natural colorants. 


Alizarin is extracted from the roots of Indian Madder. It also produces multiple color shades as Madder gives. It contains red, pink, and purple with better dyeing fastness. Alizarin printing is known as the most used technique in hand block printing. Red and maroon both are basic natural colors implemented as essential rudiments in hand block printing.

Wrapping Up

Indian textile industries deal with massive expertise in producing the technologies of natural colorant production.  From ancient times, India has been revealing the working knowledge of pigmentation across the world. In recent times, we have found diverse shades using natural sources and now implementing those for coloring cotton, silk, and wool fabrics.

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