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Dyes made from Indigenous plants

Acacia burkei root dye is yellow.

Acacia caffra gives a light brown colour

Acacia karroo bark gives a reddish colour

Acacia meliffera woodash dyes a red brick colour

Acacia sieberana gives a grey colour

Aloe zebrina and Aloe marlothii roots are used for a yellowish brown dye.

Aloe cryptopoda roots produce a reddish brown colour.

Berchemia discolour roots also produce a reddish brown colour whereas the boiled fruit gives an orange dye.

Carissa macrocarpa fruit is boiled to produce a pink dye.

Cassine aethiopica bark makes a brown dye.

Combretum erythrophyllum roots result in a dark brown dye.

Combretum molle leaves make a red colour while the roots produse a yellow colour.

Diospyros lycioides roots produces a yellowish brown dye.

Harpephyllum caffrum bark is boiled to produce a mauve or pinkish dye.

Hypoxis hemerocladdea leaves are boiled to produce a black dye.

Kigelia africana roots are used for yellow dye.

Phyllanthus fruit gives rise to a black colour.

Schotia brachypetala bark produces a reddish brown colour.

Sclerocarya birrea bark produces a brown with hints of red or mauve.

Searsia lancea leaf and bark are used for a brown colour.

Searsia pendulina bark produces a reddish brown dye.

Senegalia caffra bark makes a light brown colour.

Senegalia mellifera wood ash dye is brick red. 

Senegalia tortilis bark and roots are boiled for a yellow dye.

Syzygium cordatum bark is boiled to make a red/brown dye.

Vachellia karoo bark is used for a light brown colour whereas 

Vachellia sieberana bark produces a grey colour.

Zantedescia aethiopica leaves make a yellow colour.




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