Natural dyes


The indigo dye is perhaps the most prominent used by old men, the report mentioned in various cultures, so much so that one of the colors of the Tabernacle was indigo blue. Since the advent of synthetic indigo, the source traveled to the industrial seriously affect agriculture in many countries such as India.


The Tara is the source of tannins for Ecotintes processes, the tannins are very important as color fixatives in cotton. They are used in the range of pearl and in addition to pepper to darken other colors.


The cochineal insect is a parasite of the prickly leaves. It has a reddish-black grain covered by a white powder.

The Molle

Sacred tree of Peru, said that its seeds were brought to Mexico by the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza, a mid-sixteenth century. The dyeing properties molle, cooking the leaves and bark yields a yellow dye can dye cotton and wool. Scientific name: Schinus molle.


The dye is found in the dried roots of the kind that are reddish brown and very thick not thin crust. The plant is native to the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes, so called "Rathania of Peru."


The madder, Rubia tinctoria, Dyer and the alizarin component is the source of red color plant par excellence.

Antaco or chamiri


It is a small plant whose roots were much appreciated since ancient times because it gives them a lovely red tint. Its use is associated with development of the great pre-Hispanic textiles, especially of the Paracas culture.

The Indigo

Plant dyeing qualities strongly associated with cotton, from pre-Hispanic times. The strength of blue on textiles is of great admiration. The secrets of the art of dyeing should be investigated.

Chilca dye plant

Fragmento teñido con chilca

Milenaria planta tintórea que fue utilizada por los antiguos "químicos" de las culturas prehispánicas, para obtener variedad de colores amarillos y verdes. En la actualidad, la Chilca es empleada por los tejedores artesanales, que mantienen vigente la tradición de sus antepasados.

Molle huiñan

Molle huiñan

Los químicos prehispánicos obtuvieron del molle un tinte color amarillo, usado en el teñido de textiles que se aprecian en la Cultura Wari.

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