Indigo, Arecanut, Pomegranate, Myrobalan, Madder, Eucalyptus ingredients from nature to infuse colours into our clothes
Yarn procured is bound to have impurities, which have to be first removed before the dyeing process begins. This is part of the preparation of the yarn. A large tank of water is heated and the yarn is boiled in this water to remove oil and grime. This process is called scouring.
The yarn is prepared by dipping it in a mordant solution. Alum is used as a mordant. This will aid for color fixing. The yarn is then dipped into the dye broth which is prepared according to the requirement. For getting mixture of colours, the yarn is dipped multiple times in different dye solutions. The second mordant dip, which is performed in the post treatment stage is done for specific dyes which require additional steps to ensure the right colour is obtained.
In this process of dyeing, the raw materials are mixed in a pot were it is left for 1-2 days to ferment. The yarn is dipped one or more times depending on the desired shade. Indigo is mixed in the vat along with limestone to obtain blue colour. "Kasim Kari", where a concoction of jaggery, iron rust is left fermented for 15 days before using this to dip the yarn is used for black colour. The yarn, thus dyed is then dipped in a solution of myrobalan (alalekai). Areca peel is also prepared using the cold vat method of dyeing.
The dyed and treated yarn is then dried naturally and uniformly before sending to the weaving process.