imagine your surrounding without hues. It is very difficult. It is very hard to
picture our world without different shades. Colors make the world comes to
life. It gives our surrounding its dynamism. If colors make the world alive,
how do we create colors? This is where dyeing comes in. Dyeing is one of the
oldest ways that we give colors to dull, bland or blank objects.
The primitive world was more colorful than
we could think. An initial record of fabric dyeing goes back to “BC”
epoch. Primarily, dyes were created using natural hues combined with two other
liquid which are water and oil. Main functions of dye in the old days were for
skin, jewelry and clothing decoration. Another important use for dye back then
was for painting.
Nowadays, almost all of clothing produced is
dyed synthetically. Synthetic dye, which is produced through chemical methods,
is one of the two main types of dyes, the other being natural dye. Sadly,
according to a study made by a group of scholars from University of Sao Paulo
in Brazil, chemical dyeing causes significant human health issues and
The re-discovery of natural dyes for
staining which is eco-friendly and biodegradable has been carefully considered.
Plants yield many colors for dyeing. There are certain trees and herbs
especially fruit that produces dyestuff.
There have been numerous attempts to use
natural process in extracting dye from natural resources. Take this research
from hindawi.com as an example. It states “A new source of natural
anthocyanins dyes, from lily turfs (liriope platyphylla fruit), is proposed.
This paper analyzes the dye extracts, the primary color components of the
extracts, the color features etc.”
Another good reference would
be a research from the Journal of the Microscopy Society of Thailand, which has
their topic as, Extraction of Natural Histological Dye from Black Plum Fruit.
What they did was to apply color to animal liver tissue by extracting natural
dye from plum. Their research shows how effective natural dye when applied to
From history and these references alone we
can claim that the use of fruits as natural dyes is definitely feasible.
The use of natural dyes for staining from
alternative sources such as fruits will greatly reduce the cost for consumers
for purchasing synthetic dyes. More important, this will lower the effects of
synthetic dyes on human and environment.
Objectives of the Study
Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the extraction
of natural dye from fruits and how effective it is when applied.
of the Problem
The primary purpose of this research is to piggyback on existing studies
on fruit extracts as dyes to prove the efficacy of such.
This research will solidify the fact that fruits can yield effective
pigment as dyes and a good alternative to chemical dyes for target consumers.
The main problem that should be addressed is to investigate the
efficiency and stability of pigment extraction in the chosen sample fruit.
A team of two will suffice since simple experimentation will be
performed. The paper will be discussed to the adviser to decide on its
There a limitation on the methods that will be used for this research
since it entail a simple experimentation. The scope will cover pigment
extraction from fruit hence, resources should be available.
What we went and tried to accomplish was to produce a dye out of a fruit
to try and make truth to the term “natural” dye.
Since we are seeking for a new trend, we replicated the commercial dyes and try
something new like making a dye out of a fruit extract.
Here is the procedure that we followed on how to make a dye out of a fruit:
cup of your desired fruit (strawberries create reddish pinks, cherries and
apples create beautiful shades of red, orange and lemons create vivid yellows, avocadoes make
soft browns, and grapes simmer into nice shades of blue and purple)
cups of water
(enough to submerge the chopped fruits)
your fruits. The color depends on the fruit you choose. Either way, it’s
important to use natural instead of those that has chemicals.
your fruits. Put the fruits in a sifter and wash them under cold running water.
Rinse then drain any excess water. Make sure to scrub away unwanted dirt and
debris since they can affect the color of your dye if not removed.
Finally, dry the fruits with a paper towel. The fruits should not
be totally dried if you are not planning to use them right away. Then
chop it into pieces.
stove into medium heat. Place the fruits together with the cups of water in a
small saucepan. Put it on the stove and bring to a simmer for a few minutes.
the heat off, wait and let it come to room temperature.
strainer. Cut a cheesecloth (filter paper or straining bags) double the size of
Place it to your
strainer and start draining the liquid. Place a bowl below the cheesecloth.
Apply pressure to it draining all liquid into the bowl. You can throw away the
mush after the draining process.
put the collected liquid or your natural dye in a container and you
can now use it as a dye.