A little while ago, I was getting a little bit curious about natural dye. After getting some reading on book and sources such as blogs and instagram, making dye from kitchen waste seems like something interesting to experiment. During this pregnancy, I have had my shares of loss of appetite, and there were somedays I took light lunches and dinners with some avocadoes salad on the side.
After I am done with the salad preparation, I put the avocado pits/seeds away, and let them dry in my kitchen. I tried drying some of the skins too, but only managed to save just a little bit of them. Next time I should scrapped the inner side of the skin more thoroughly so that it will dry nicely. The objective of me experimenting with this kitchen waste dye making are :
- To know the expectation of how slow the process would be if I we are to make more of it in the future.
- To recognize what I feel during the making of this process.
- To recognize what are the things I could improve to make the process easier or produce better result in the future.
So, I started with really small amount of material for making the dye. I had three avocado pits before I started to make the dye. I chose avocado because from reading they have high tannins to produce dye, and the coincidence of me consuming more of them during my pregnancy. I was not sure if it would be better to leave them in water for one night, but I just jumped in and decided I would try making them one morning, hence the not so thorough preparation.
Putting the pits and skin into aluminum pot for low heat simmering.
I got a mini aluminum pot from daiso, and filled it with enough water to cover the avocado pits and skins. I cut the skin into smaller pieces, because I hope it will have more surface to produce the dye pigment. I put the pot on very low heat on the stove and let it simmer. After 30 minutes, it started to turn peachy in color. The pictures below show how the color changes after certain length of time simmering.
How it looks after one hour. This is the first batch of dye.
This is the second batch of dye, which I left one night using tap water before simmering it the next morning for 30 minutes.
- Soaked the plants or dried material for one night before simmering on low heat.
- Consider a muslin or gauze to sieve and filter the dye from the pot.
- Save more material before making the dye, though it will means I need larger storage.
- Need to make thorough plan of storing the material and use material which we consumed a lot in certain time.
- Study on more tropical plants I can use once we are back in Malaysia.
- Plan more fun project to try with the kids using the dye.
I guess once we have use the dye to make something, I will update the process and outcome in this blog again. I have a few projects in mind, and yet to choose one to proceed. When doing things with kids, we should try something with lowest expectation first, right?
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