European Woad is the legendary blue plant dye from Europe and was prized by Napoleon to dye the uniforms for his army. The plant (Isatis tinctoria) is a member of the Brassica family and originated in Central Asia but is grown throughout Europe. In many of the Western US States it is considered a noxious weed and may not be cultivated.
Woad is the eponymous French Blue –a rich, soft shade with a touch of grey. Multiple dips will yield a deep midnight blue that is quite beautiful. Our woad extract comes from the Bleu de Lectoure project in France founded by Henri and Denise Lambert and is very high quality pure woad pigment.
Complete instructions are included. Note: you will need to obtain a small amount of sodium hydroxide (household lye) to make your indigo stock solution. This can be purchased at a local hardware store or online from soap-making suppliers, Amazon.com or bio-diesel suppliers.
25 grams of Woad extract will make about a half liter of stock solution which will dye approximately 400-500 grams of fiber (14-16 ounces) to a medium shade.
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