Category – Herbal Dyes


Where it comes from: While the origins of using tea leaves as dye are unknown the earliest available evidence comes from Central America where the native American Navajo tribe used their traditional tea leaf to dye textiles a mild yellowish hue.

Adiv uses residual tea leaves that are left behind after tea is boiled for drinking.

Tea leaves are very versatile in colour and yield silvery grays and black on fabrics pre-mordanted with ferrous while they yield a yellowish-brown tone with other mordants.
In traditional Chines medicine, green tea is considered as a natural nerve relaxant as well as aid in digestion.