As the goldenrod dye pot used for the goldenrod scarves started to weaken in colour, I added ground madder root to dive into a beautiful autumnal red.
Madder root has been used for dyeing for at least 3000 years. Madder-dyed linen was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen from 1350 BCE. The Vikings dyed wool with it, it was a popular silk dye in the Middle Ages, and it colored the Redcoats' uniforms. It has been used in chinese and indian medicine through the ages for blood and urinary tract problems.
Vetiver essential oil was also added to the pot to infuse the fabric with its beautiful woody aroma. In India vetiver is known as the 'Oil of Tranquility'.
Edition: This season I have been able to make three of these scarves. They have a slightly marbled effect in the colouring.
Fabric: linen (woven in India)
Dimensions: 220cm x 60cm
Care instructions: This a 100% natural product so gently handwash with mild soap. Dry in shade.