Osage Extract - is prepared from the tree Maclura pomifera. Osage contains a yellow dye similar to fustic and black oak and yields clear, true yellows to soft yellow greens that have a high light and washfastness. It yields good depth of shade at 20-30% WOF. Osage grows throughout the south and central United States. The tree was originally planted to help with wind erosion, the wood was used to build fences and was hard enough for wagon wheels. Osage has overgrown many areas and is being cut down for firewood. Our supplier rescues these logs and chips them for us or soaks them in water and through a solar process extracts the liquid concentrate.
For in-depth information on natural dyes see our Guide to Natural Dyes available on naturaldyes.ca. Also available as a Printable PDF.
Larger sizes of natural dyes are priced at wholesale rates. Our rates reflect a growing discount as the size increases.