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DYEING TO SEE THE RESULT

Make coloured dyes from various plant substances

Suitable For

Grade 5

Difficulty

3

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

Nature presents us with an amazing visual rainbow. For many centuries, people have tried to capture these natural hues for decorating animal skins, fabrics, crafts, and even their bodies. In the older days these colour dyes have been employed to distinguish servant from masters, differentiate religious sects from one another, and to colour banners carried in battle. Extract nature’s colours from various plant substances in the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Dye, Mordant

What will I need?

  • MAGIC MARKER
  • WHITE CLOTH
  • METAL PAN
  • STRAINER
  • GLASS BOWL
  • TAP WATER
  • CLOTHESPINS
  • CARROT
  • COFFEE POWDER
  • BEETROOT
  • RED CABBAGE LEAVES
  • TEA BAGS

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this science experiment various coloured dyes is made of the primary and secondary colours from plants. The colours are taken up and infused in the fibres of the cloth when soaked in the heated ‘dye’ mixture.

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