Use our natural purple Mimosa Hostilis inner root bark dye very finely powdered for the best colour extraction. It is harvested in a sustainable manner, in Brazil, and is of the highest quality. It is one of our most popular products.
Mimosa hostilis is a firm favourite among those wanting to create authentic 17th and 18th century costume dresses and certain historical military uniforms. What is less well known is its traditional medical uses. Powdered root bark mixed with water, for example, has long been used as a painkilling treatment for bad teeth.
We sell it here as a dyestuff and although it has been processed without the addition of any other chemicals, we only recommend it for dyeing. Besides which, if you have a toothache get yourself to a dentist!
Mimosa is an extraordinary plant, a pioneer plant with remarkable properties.
Mimosa does very well after a forest fire, or other major ecological disturbance. It is a prolific pioneer plant It drops its leaves on the ground, continuously forming a thin layer of mulch and eventually humus. Along with its ability to fix nitrogen, the tree conditions the soil, making it ready for other plant species to come along.
Mimosa is a very good source of fuel wood and works very well for making posts, most likely because of its high tannin content (16%), which protects it from rot. Due to its high tannin content, the bark of the tree is widely used as a natural dye and in leather production. It is used to make bridges, buildings, fences, furniture and wheels. It is an excellent source of charcoal.
You may hear of mimosa under a variety of names, whilst we call it mimosa hostilis it is also called; mimosa tenuiflora, acacia hostilis, acacia Jurema, mimosa cabrera and mimosa limana – all names for the same tree.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the mimosa hostilis root bark we supply and customers return again and again.
All our dyes are supplied as a fine powder and are perfect for bespoke professional projects as well as having fun at home, have a look at our first go dyeing with mimosa. A larger listing can be found here. As you can see PH and other factors will affect final colour extraction.
All our dyes can be used to produce a range of colours, depending on the Auxiliary Treatments used, the method of dyeing, and indeed the fabric itself – wool will perform differently to silk, for example.