Plant Dye Logwood

Plant Dye Logwood

By Ruth Rands

Plant Dye Logwood

Logwood is a gnarled tree with a deeply fluted trunk. It was introduced as a textile dye in Europe in the late 1500s.

From the 17th to the 19th century, logwood was a commodity of great economic importance both in the Caribbean and in Europe making it a constant target for pirates.

The dye is extracted from the heartwood of the tree and produces violet, grey and black colour shades.

Here at HERD, our natural dye factory uses logwood to achieve deep brown/grey soot coloured yarn that we call Anthracite. 


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