Tea leaves

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Silk dyed with tea leaves from Camellia sinensis
Uemera Dye Archive


Tea bush Camellia sinensis

A natural brown dye obtained from the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis and Thea sinensis). A hot water extract of the leaves produces a dark brown liquid that dyes Wool a light brown to rose brown color. Tea dye has good color fastness on wool but not on Cotton.

Tea leaves

Synonyms and Related Terms

Camellia sinensis; Thea sinensis; te (Dan., Nor., Sven.); Tee (Deut.); hojas de té (Esp.); thé (Fr.); tè (It.); thee (Ned.); herbata (Pol.); folhas de chá (Port.); tea dust; tea bags

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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