Red Sandalwood,Pterocarpus soyauxii, Natural Dye, Saunder Spice
Red Sandalwood is also know as Red Saunders, Saunders, Sanderwood , Paduak of African or Asian origin, which was used in medieval cooking recipes.
This is food grade red sandalwood.
Red sandalwood is usually not listed in some natural dye books.
It can not be dissolved in water.
Therefore the dye must be extracted by means other than water.To extract the dye, place ground red sandalwood in a piece of muslin or muslin bag, tie closed tightly with string, soak red sandalwood dye packet in rubbing alcohol placed in a tightly covered plastic or non reactive bucket. The alcohol will evaporate if not covered. Let the Red Sandalwood set over night in the alcohol. The dye liquid can be added to water dye bath and proceed to use as you would a regular dye bath.Be careful as alcohol is flammable. You can save dye that is in the muslin and add more alcohol to extract more dye until dye is exhausted.
Mordants used in yarn samples in picture are from left to right as follows: alum, tin, iron.
Colors yielded will vary depending on mordant used and water ph.
Refer to a natural dye book for details.
There should be enough to dye one plus pounds of dry fiber.
Item purchased is bag of red sandalwood in picture.
This is NOT the endangered Yellow Sandalwood or the Red Sandalwood , Pterocarpus santalinus
Red Sandalwood, Pterocarpus soyauxii, Natural Dye, Saunders Spice listed in:
Natural Dyes and Mordants