We use natural fiber like cotton fabrics and yarn for dyeing process. We can also use other natural fibers like jute, wool, silk, hemp and linen for our dyeing. The making of AyurTex cloths are includes 100% chemical free pure organic cottons. The dyeing process of fabric and yarn contain several methods. We mention clearly about the dyeing process below:

♦   Bleaching
♦   Preparation of ayurvedic kashayam
♦   Dyeing
♦   Drying
♦   Softening
♦   Finishing

Bleaching:

The bleaching is a process to remove the natural dull color and also impurities in cotton or yarn. The natural bleaching should be done using sunlight, Soap nut & medicinal grass etc.,.

Preparation of ayurvedic kashayam:

The dye is prepared based on the customer color requirement. Then organic fabric is medicated carefully in mixture of herbal medicine preparation called Kashayas (meaning concoctions). The word medication is used instead of dyeing because here the medicinal plants/herbs themselves give natural color to fabrics. The blend of herbs is boiled in a controlled temperature and then dye components are extracted and then filtered.

Dyeing:

We use only medicinally rich herbs, plants like turmeric, myrobalan, tulasi, pomegranate etc for dyeing fabric or yarn. We have aspired to achieve and retain the medicinal qualities of the herbs by immersing the plant material directly in the dye bath for the same reason. This process will permanently fix the dyes of fabrics or yarn.

Washing / Finishing:

In ayurvedic herbal dyeing, finishing is done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and once again treated with natural surfactant solution to remove the unfixed in yarn or fabrics.

Softening:

The dyed fabrics are too hard usually. So the natural herbal ingredients (for example coconut oil, Castrol oil) are used for softening the fabric or yarn.

Drying:

The dyed fabrics is dried in shades and kept in process for a weeks for color fixation.


Our Predominant Herbs and Shades:

Herbs and Shades Herb Botanical Name Herbal Benefits

Turmeric
(yellow)

Curcuma longa

Turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Tulasi
(green)

Ocimum
tenuiflorum

Tulasi (Holy Basil/Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred plant in Hinduism. In Sanskrit, Tulasi means ‘the incomparable one’. In the Ayurvedic tradition, Tulasi is used to support normal respiratory function, promote optimal health and longevity.

Neem
(ivory)

Azadirachta
indica

Neem Tree has been described in Ayurveda's prime text, the Charaka Samhita, as sarva roga nivarini (that which keeps all diseases at bay)

Vettiver
(brown)

Chrysopogon zizanioides

Vetiver is used for the preparation of a decoction which used for the treatment of all kinds of poison in Toxicology.

Indigo
(blue)

Indigofera
tinctoria

Indigo is one of the oldest dye plants , which have many health benefits Clothes

Sappan
Tree
(red+pink)

Caesalpinia
sappan

Decoction of wood and bark used for tuberculosis, diarrhea, dysentery, postpartum tonic, skin infections. and anemia. Seeds used for stomach aches and nervous disorders.

Triphala
(kaki)

Terminalia
bellirica

The magical ingredient in Terminalia bellirica gives the healing properties and also it gives some medicinal properties.

Vembadam
(light grey)

Ventilago madraspatana

Anti-inflammatory and anticancer compounds.

Tacomo/Pomegranate
(yellow+ivory)

Tecoma stans/Punica
granatum

This nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.

Onion
(yellow+green)

Allium
cepa

Onion is used for treating digestion problems including loss of appetite, upset stomach, and gallbladder disorders for treating heart and blood vessel problems.

Bringaraj
(green)

Eclipta alba

Karisalankanni is the herb of choice in treating liver diseases. This herb grows in marshy areas throughout the year. It grows abundantly during the rainy season.

Karungali
(black)

Acacia

The karungali is said to promote digestion. It is used by many people after meals.