Herbal Dyeing

Herbal Dyeing

Before talking about herbal dyeing, let’s take a moment and see why chemical dyeing is more harmful than you think.

Harmful Effects of Chemical Dying

Even though dyeing an integral part of textile fabric processing, chemical dyes cause various life- term ill-effects to humans. Certain dyes in combo with intermediate compounds like benzidine and 2-naphthylamine can cause bladder cancer.

Textile dyes are generally responsible for dermatitis to the central nervous system, sometimes enzymatic deactivation. Workers who produce or handle reactive dyes may have contact dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis, rhinitis, much more skin allergies.

Azure- B Dyes which are widely used in textiles can be a causative agent for potential mutagenicity. Certain dyes exhibit genotoxic effects which specifically cause chromosomal aberrations.

Disperse Red-1, orange Dyes are also responsible for causing cancer in humans causing DNA damage. Although 4000 dyes have been investigated for their toxicity, more than 100 of them can form carcinogenic amines.

Why Are They Important?

Do you feel this Earth is not a safe place to live anymore for both of us and our future generation? Herbal Baby could enlighten you to embark on ways to revive back to a better world to live in peace. Out of many, that contributes to the devastating effect on our world one to mention is the textile industry.

Conventional dyeing involves innumerable hazardous chemicals and pesticides that pose various dangerous environmental effects. With an estimated demand of 30 million tonnes of textile goods, an expected increase of 3% annually.

Discharge of synthetic dye-containing wastewater to natural streams causes a serious threat to the biological food chain. Thus, the textile industries have now started to believe in eco-friendly natural dyes as a promising solution. Medicinal herbs are the source of herbal dyes that are eco-friendly, renewable, and biodegradable.

Description Ayur Herbal Dyes Eco-Friendly Dyes Synthetic Dyes
Ayur Herbal Dyes are 100% chemical-free organic dyes revived back from centuries dated back 4000 Years
Dyes that chemicals under permissible limits are termed as Eco-Friendly dyes developed 15 years back.
The conventional dyes, otherwise synthetic chemical dyes was discovered in the 19th century.
Pollution Impact
100% pollution-free, as the color pigments are extracted from herbal plant's leaves, wood, bark, stem, seed, root, etc.
Even though the chemicals concentration under the limit, it still causes ill-effects to the water bodies and human health.
They are the dyes that cause heavy pollution to health and the environment releases 8000 chemicals.
Cancer Causing Agenda
100% safe, amine-free dyes are Ayur herbal dyes.
22 banned cancer-causing amines are eliminated from eco-friendly dyes that make the dyes Azo free.
This type of dye contains 42 cancer-causing chemicals.
Allergic to Human Bodies
Dyes with 0% harmful effects since curing herbs with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties are used.
Could be Allergic, and produce pro-microbial inflammatory reactions in human bodies.
Responsible for causing allergic contact dermatitis due to the presence of Disperse blue 106 and disperse blue 124 dyes.
Recycling is very much possible as this involves bio detergents usage.
Recycling can be an incomplete process, as this contains a certain amount of chemicals involved.
As synthetic garments are difficult to decompose, recycling is very less possible.
Ecology Balance
Helps in reducing carbon footprint, Ecological balance can be achieved through Clean development mechanical scheme.
Less scope of maintaining Ecological balance.
Since it contains lethal chemicals, more chances of breaking the ecological chain.

Dying Process

For the past 5 decades, we have used herbs like haddra, rakta, kumkuma for your baby’s skin protection and to keep them healthy. Scientifically, the herbal molecules act with the melanocyte cells present in the skin and control its functions.

Its added other features are blocking the UV rays from penetrating deep into the skin. When the cotton cloths fabricated with herbs imparts anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties into the body.

How Do We Dye Our Yarns? 8 Step Process

Generally, throughout the process, only fabric and yarns used are certified organic cotton, natural cotton, silk, wool, linen, hemp, etc. Grey cloth is used throughout the entire process after which it is turned into a coloured one.

1. Sample Collection

The Medicinal herbs are initially collected in their pure original form. It's then shadow dried, powdered, and mixed with methanol and left overnight. After which methanol is evaporated and the herbal extract is condensed and ready to undergo further procedures.

2. Desizing

Starts with washing the processed grey cloth by removing sizing, gums, and oils in natural mineral-rich water and salts.

3. Bleaching

Since the clothes are exposed to sunlight, bleaching involves the use of brass grass and animal manure.

4. Colour Pigment Extraction

Plants have a certain quantity of dye along with other water-insoluble fibres, carbohydrates, protein, chlorophyll, etc. However extraction, a crucial step depends on the nature and solubility characteristics of the colouring material. The various extraction methods are aqueous, alkali, microwave, enzymatic, supercritical fluid extraction methods, etc.

5. Mordanting

Since the clothes are exposed to sunlight, bleaching involves the use of brass grass and animal manure.

6. Dying Process

Dyeing involves the usage of natural dyes from plant sources- roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood. Example: Turmeric, an ideal dye that can be substituted for those who have fabric skin allergies.

7. Finishing

It is the final process done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and stretching using hand rolls. Using antimicrobial substances like chitosan can minimize the ill effects caused by antimicrobial products.

8. Recycling Residue

Here the solid and liquid waste is separated through the process of filtration. Which can be used as manure, watering the fields and the waste is used as bio-manure, also generates biogas.

Herbal Dyeing

The herbal concept is derived from Ayurvastra, the ancient 5,000-year-old Indian systems of Vedic healthcare. In terms of maintaining an ecological balance perspective, it helps in:

Use of herbal cloth may help to treat diseases diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, hypertension, high blood pressure, caused by chemical dyeing. It can also relieve general body aches, stimulate weight loss, and strengthen the immune system.

Herbal Cloth also acts as an energy booster, mood enhancer, and blood purification. So, herbal dyeing is proved to be a healthy replacement for chemical dyeing by all means.

is PanchaBhooda Friendly

Earth Friendly

Carefully selected natural fibres causing no harm to mother Earth.

Air Friendly

Releases no toxic substance in air, only the aromatic fragrance.

Space Friendly

When herbal dyed clothes are used while doing yoga and meditation, one can connect them with nature easily.

Water Friendly

All-natural fabrics of Dyed water are used for the cultivation of crops.

Fire Friendly

When burnt, no toxic substances are released. Ashes can be used for plants.