Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cutch Recipe

This is the recipe used for the Cutch dye pictured above. The above photo shows the dye on reed and cane.

Into your dye pot put:
  1. 1 cup of salt;
  2. Now add 2 gallons of water;
  3. Stir in about a tablespoon of water softener, if you have hard water;
  4. The Cutch comes in power form, so before adding it to the water, put about 1/2 cup of power into a small bowl and dissolve it in hot water;
  5. Now add the Cutch paste to your dye pot;
  6. Bring the dye pot to a boil;

  7. Add your cane or reed;

  8. Simmer to the desired darkness.

    Cutch does not need heat to dye with, however heating the dye mixture will dye much faster than say living it over night with this particular dye.

    The photo above was both cane and reed that were the first to be dyed in this dye pot, you can see you will get a nice dark chocolate brown from it.

    The 1/2 cup of Cutch really dyed a lot of reed and cane, so you might want to use say just 1/4 of a cup depending on how much material you want to dye. The 1/2 cup I used dyed 3 coils of reed and 1 coil of cane plus some honeysuckle. It was still giving me a good dye, so I also put some of the dye in a gallon plastic jar, froze it and will see if it works on any future dye batches.

    1 comment:

    Theresa said...

    Thanks for the info on Cutch. Just began experimenting with silk scarves. Lot of fun. I cooked mine at 185 degrees. Next time I will try no heat.