Adherents of environmentally friendly methods of dyeing fabrics know onion peel, beet, coffee, henna, potassium permanganate, tree bark, sea buckthorn, etc. But there is another old way of dyeing fabrics - with the help of acorns and nails. If, before dyeing, to fold the fabric using shibori technique, then you can get beautiful patterns. Such a self-made “paint” of acorns and nails holds on to the fabric quite well, the color is reliable.
The technology of staining is simple. First you need to prepare a solution of rusty nails (bolts, etc.). For one large jar (1 l) with a lid, take 2 handfuls of nails and 1 cup of white vinegar. Approximately 3/4 fill the jar with water, add vinegar and nails. Send to a sunny place for a couple of weeks - the solution will acquire a bright orange color.
Now proceed to the direct staining of the fabric. Here we also need acorns. For dyeing 0.5 kg of tissue, 2.5 kg of acorns will be required. Place acorns with water in a large saucepan, boil over low heat for about 1-2 hours, until the acorns give all the juice to the water. Also prepare a container with an orange solution of iron (nails, bolts). Pre-soak the fabric you plan to dye in plain water, squeeze. Then, twist the fabric or just send the acorns to the solution for 20-40 minutes, then transfer to the iron solution for 10 minutes. Then take out the fabric and appreciate the color. The procedure can be repeated to obtain the desired shade.
At the end you need to wash the cloth with soap and dry.