A natural red dye obtained from the roots of Morinda tinctoria and Morinda citrifolia plants native to the East Indies. Aal, or Indian mulberry, contains the colorant [fullrecord.asp?name=morindone morindone]. Traditionally, the root was powdered, soaked in a water containing Symplocos bark, then rubbed directly into the fabric (Hofmann 1996).
Synonyms and Related Terms
aal root; al; suranji; sornajee; morindone; Indian mulberry; Morinda tinctoria; Morinda citrifolia
R. Hofmann, "The Bhler Collection of Indonesian Dyeplants" Dyes in History and Archaeology, no. 15, Papers from the 15th annual meeting held in Manchester England, Nov. 1996.
- Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996