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Wild Colours natural dyes

        Wild Colours - Exciting colours from Natural Dyes

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Natural dyes produce an extraordinary diversity of rich and complex colours as well as unexpected results, making them exciting to use.

Buy natural dyes and dye extracts

Buy dye mordants, modifiers & assistants


Buy natural dyes, dye extracts, seeds & handmade cards

Buy dye mordants, assistants & modifiers

Handmade cards with natural dyes


What dyes should I choose? (click on a photo)

cut madder roots - red colours - natural dyes

chamomile flowers - yellow colours - natural dyes

alkanet - blue colours - natural dyes

Red Colours
Madder, Brazilwood, Cochineal, Safflower, Ladies' Bedstraw, Dyers' Woodruff & St John's Wort

Yellow Dyes
Weld, Dyers Greenweed, Coreopsis & Chamomile, Fustic, Tansy, Dock, Goldenrod, Pomegranate, Onion

Blue Dyes
Indigo, Japanese Indigo, Woad, Alkanet & Logwood
Indigo dyeing
Shibori dyeing 

What are natural dyes?
Most natural dyes come from dye plants, the best-known ones including madder, brazilwood, logwood, weld, woad and indigo. Some natural dyes, such as cochineal, come from insects, or from mineral sources.
Madder, weld and other dye plants have been used for thousands of years. Until the late 1800s when synthetic dyes came into common use, textile colours came from the use of natural dyes. Natural dyeing can, however, easily become the future. Natural dyes are a renewable resource and not dependent on petroleum as are many synthetic dyes.
Providing alum is used as a mordant, plant dyes use no toxic or polluting chemicals, and the organic matter left over from dye plants can be put on the compost. Combined with the natural colours of wool and cotton, natural fabric dyes such as indigo and cochineal are arguably the only possible colours for dyeing organic textiles. Read more about natural dyes and buy natural dyes here.
Dyeing with Natural Dye Extracts
Although it is very exciting to dye fibre directly from plants that you have grown yourself, natural dye extracts are economical, very concentrated and easy to repeat a colour. They save time as they do not require lengthy pre-soaking and simmering, and dye extracts can be mixed to obtain different dye colours. Read more about natural dye extracts here and buy dye extracts here.
How do I start with natural dyes? (opens a new page)
What are the differences between natural & synthetic dyes? (opens a new page)



Customer Comments:
Thank you for your prompt response to my order for dye seeds which I received today.
I am writing to say that I find your websites very interesting and will definitely be making other orders very soon! Best wishes and "bonne continuation" (as the French say!). Wendy from France

I loved your website, we can feel your heart in it and it's great.  Audrey from France

"Fascinating and useful site. Must have taken a lot of effort to research and maintain it.’ David Finnegan, Southport

‘Brilliant service. Finding your website really informative.’ Claire from Shipley, UK

'Wow! Thank you so much for sending me my parcel in record time – I was amazed and delighted! I am just starting out with natural dyeing of our own alpacas' yarn and so it is very exciting to be in a position to get going.'  Carole from Cairndinnis Alpacas

'Just to let you know that I've been really impressed with your service and the quality of the materials and information on the website.' Clare http://clarabellacraft.blogspot.com/

“Thank you for the super quick delivery!” Estelle Faust, Harrow

“Hello! You have a wonderful website! So much information! I love all the dyes you have and your product list is fantastic! Just what I'm looking for.” Anne McEnroe, California, USA

'I received the parcel two days ego. All is perfect. Thank you very much. And special thanks for flyers. I visited your other websites and found some very interesting things!' Dmitry Sukhoverkov, Moscow, Russia

What's new on this website?




We ship orders by 1st class parcel post 2 days per week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays, orders must arrive before midday to be shipped on those days. Parcel post is not intended to be a next day service but orders can also be sent Special Delivery (see link).





24 Jun

Price of Lactate reduced - check it out

11 Jun

For limited time only - 500gm Cochineal @ 50% of 25gm price!

16 Apr

Indigo cakes - price reduced by 12!



25 Dec

Buy buttons corrected

22 Dec

Dyes orders: We are on holiday from Fri 22 Dec to Mon 01 Jan. Orders received after midday on Thursday 21 Dec, will be sent out in January.

24 July

Save 5.25 on 100g whole Cochineal

03 July

Weld dye now only 7.50

25 May

Pomegranate rind reduced in price for limited period

19 Feb

Titanium oxalate reduced in price

03 Feb

Aluminium acetate 250 gm back in stock



03 Oct

NEW - Tamil Indigo in chunks - a quality indigo at a cheaper price



22 Sep

No Orders to Portugal - read here!

22 Aug

Dyes orders: We are on a short break from Tues 23 August to Sun 4 September. Any orders received after midday on Monday 22 Aug, will be sent out in early September.




Reminder: From October 2020, we are in the studio & shipping orders only 2 days a week, usually Mondays & Thursdays (except for public holidays). Orders on Mondays & Thursdays must be received before 12 midday to go that day.

01 Jul

EU VAT charges for EU customers - read here

10 Feb

Some recent Airmail orders have been taking over 8 weeks to US addresses

05 Jan

England is in Lockdown from 05 Jan for an extended period. We continue to trade but orders may take longer to pack, to ship & to arrive!



03 Dec

1st class post and Airmail continue to be slow for the foreseeable future - see our note of 12 Oct, below.

05 Nov

England is starting a 4 week lockdown today but WildColours is continuing to trade! Orders may take longer to ship due to the high volume of orders being received.

from Oct

Covid19: We are in the studio & shipping orders only 2 days a week at the moment, usually Monday & Thursday.

12 Oct

Covid19: We regret to report that UK 1st class post is often very slow at the moment and some is taking 2 weeks or more! This appears to be especially a problem in London. Some Airmail is also taking a long time and may take 5 to 8 weeks to the US and at least 3 to 5 weeks in Europe.


Product news:-


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06 Sep

NEW - UK-grown Weld available

02 Sep

NEW - UK-grown cut Madder available

20 April

NEW - Handmade cards with natural dyes



29 Jul

New Naturally Dyed photos

15 Jul

NEW - buy Acacia extract & page about Acacia extract

27 Jun

Japanese indigo seeds are back in stock

19 Jun

Loom needles & books available

18 Jun

Natural Dyes now available

15 Jun

Natural Dye Kits now available

15 Jun

Dye plant seeds now available

11 Jun

Indigo dyes and watercolours available

10 Jun

Quilt weaver looms & Rakestraw spinners now available

09 Jun

Mordants page now available

08 Jun

Dye Extracts are now available

08 Jun

We are re-opening the Dye catalogs (but working part-time)

23 Mar

Coronavirus alert!

28 Jan

Medium indigo cakes back in stock & a few small blocks!

28 Jan

Reduced prices on Flower looms & 7” Triangle Looms


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How to contact us:-
Wild Colours natural dyes, Studio 319, Scott House, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4DT, UK

Contact Teresinha for enquiries
Tel:    +44 (0)7979 770865
email: info@wildcolours.co.uk

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Updated on 24 June 2024
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