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The Tara is the source of tannins for Ecotintes processes, the tannins are very important as color fixatives in cotton (cellulose).

They are used in the range of pearl and in addition to pepper to darken other colors.

The Caesalpinia spinosa, commonly known as "Tara", "taya", "divi divi cold ground," "boorish", "jump rope," Serrano "," little wine "," yellow Acacia. Its quality is the main dye tannin content (53%) and gallic acid (9%).

Peru is the world's largest producer of Tara, with 80% of production. This basically comes from natural forests, however marginal land cultivation and irrigation is increasing.

According to the Forest Map of Peru tare is occupying the shrub layer of scrub where it is associated with species such as Capparis prisca "Stick" Salix humboldtiana "Sauce", Schinus molle "Molle" puya sp, Acacia sp and some grasses and a variety of species of the genus Calliandra, Rubus, Croton, among others.

The tare is also, as many dye plants, medicine. Used to relieve ailments of the throat, sinusitis, vaginal yeast infections, swollen eye wash, chronic wounds and tooth decay, stomach pain, diarrhea, cholera, rheumatism and cold; purifying cholesterol.

Colours made with Tara by Ecotintes.
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