Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Natural Dyeing: Avocado & Ammonia

Finally I have samples of my avocado pit and skins ammonia dye experiment to share with you. Avocado pits soaked in ammonia yielded a pleasant pink dye. The same method using avocado skins yielded taupe. With this method, I wore safety glasses, a respirator, a splash shield, and chemical gloves to protect myself. Working with ammonia is dangerous and protecting your lungs is essential. 

2 comments:

Patricia said...

You can boil avocado in water and get the same result in terms of extracting color. You do not need to use something as unsafe as ammonia.

Karen said...

Thanks Patricia. I'm testing both techniques but I prefer the safety of the simmer and soak method. The ammonia method does yield a different shade of pink.