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A natural yellow dyestuff extracted from the roots of several East Indian mulberry trees and shrubs of the genus Morinda of the Rubiaceae family (Mayer 1969). Morinda dyes exhibit good lightfastness.

Some of these dyes are:

  • soranjee - CI Natural Red 18, from Morinda citrifolia
  • mang kouda - CI Natural Red 19, from Morinda umbellata

Synonyms and Related Terms

Indian mulberry; soranjee (Morinda citrifolia); suranji; mang kouda (Morinda umbellata); mengkudu; manakudu; morindone

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Vol. 3, 1997 Comment: H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin",