Try to imagine your surrounding without hues. It is kind of difficult.
It is very hard to picture our world without different shades. The primitive
world was more colorful than we could think. An initial record of fabric dyeing
goes back to “BC” epoch. Primarily, dyes were created using natural
hues combined with two other liquid which are water and oil. Main function of
dye in the old days were for skin, jewelry and clothing decoration. Another
important use for dye back then was for painting.
There are two kinds of dyes, one is synthetic dye made through chemical
means and another is natural dye produced from natural methods. Synthetic dyes
are very efficient, but are very hazardous to human and animal health. Some are
even toxic and carcinogenic.
Nowadays, almost all of clothing produced is dyed synthetically. Sadly,
chemical dyeing causes significant environmental damage and human harm. Growing
interest in sustainability especially in production has revived the art of
natural dyeing. The re-discovery of natural dyes for
staining which is eco-friendly and biodegradable has been carefully considered.
Plants yield many colors for dyeing. There are certain trees and herbs
especially fruit that produces dyestuff.
There have been numerous attempts to use natural process in extracting
dye from natural resources. Take this research from hindawi.com as an example.
It states ” A new source of natural anthocyanins dyes, from Liriope
platyphylla fruit, is proposed. This paper analyzes the dye extracts, the
primary color components of the extracts, the color features etc.”
Another good citation would be this research from Journal of the
Microscopy Society of Thailand, which has their topic as, Extraction of Natural
Histological Dye from Black Plum Fruit.
From history and these references alone we can claim that the use of
fruits as natural dyes is definitely feasible.
The use of natural dyes for staining from alternative sources such as
fruits will greatly reduce the cost for consumers for purchasing synthetic
dyes. More important, this will lower the effects of synthetic dyes on human
Objectives of the Study
Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the extraction
of natural dye from fruits and how effective it is when applied. Statement
of the ProblemThe problems that are set to
be answered in our study are: 1.
we able to extract 2.
Question 3 METHODS
What we went and tried to accomplish was
to produce a dye out of a fruit to try and make truth to the term “natural”
Since we are seeking for a new trend, we replicated the commercial dyes and try
something new like making a dye out of a fruit extract.
Here is the procedure that we followed on how to make a dye out of a fruit: Materials·
cup of your desired fruit (strawberries create reddish pinks, cherries and
apples create beautiful shades of red, orange and lemons create vivid yellows, avocadoes make
soft browns, and grapes simmer into nice shades of blue and purple)·
of water (enough to submerge the chopped fruits)
your fruits. The color depends on the fruit you choose. Either way, it’s
important to use natural instead of those that has chemicals. 2.
your fruits. Put the fruits in a sifter and wash them under cold running water.
Rinse then drain any excess water. Make sure to scrub away unwanted dirt and
debris since they can affect the color of your dye if not removed.
Finally, dry the fruits with a paper towel. The fruits should not be totally
dried if you are not planning to use them right away. Then chop it into
stove into medium heat. Place the fruits together with the cups of water in a
small saucepan. Put it on the stove and bring to a simmer for a few minutes.4.
the heat off, wait and let it come to room temperature.5.
your strainer. Cut a cheesecloth (filter paper or straining bags) double the
size of the strainer.6.
Place it to your
strainer and start draining the liquid. Place a bowl below the cheesecloth.
Apply pressure to it draining all liquid into the bowl. You can throw away the
mush after the draining process. 7.
put the collected liquid or your natural dye in a container and you
can now use it as a dye.