Fab Fabrics: Vegetable Dyed Organics from Eden

When Eden Fabrics proprietress Rebecca Nolan saw our post on the importance of Earth-friendly dyes, she emailed me about a line of fabrics she carries dyed with plant extracts! She was kind enough to send a few swatches my way along with information about caring for these fabrics and the different plants used in the dyeing process.

These plant-dyed fabrics take a little bit of extra love. They recommend either hand washing or machine washing on a cold, gentle cycle. The washcare instructions also say to hang dry in shade and iron only on the reverse side.

These fabrics might take a bit of extra care, but they are so worth it! They’re a nice, light weight that would be perfect for making clothing or lining a bag, and the colors and prints are just beautiful! Here are the plant extracts they use to get their gorgeous color palette:

  • Onion creates vibrant shades of orange, yellow, rust, and brown.
  • Tumeric and Pomegranate produce shades of orange and yellow.
  • Cutch yields orange-brown dyes.
  • Indigo develops the shades of blue.
  • Madder creates their ash pink, madder red, and sandalwood red.
  • Haritaki is key in their harda cream, kesu orange, and leaf green shades.

You can check out the herbal dyed line, along with a great selection of other organic fabrics over at Eden Fabrics.

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. The fabrics are beautiful. However, the fabrics at this site are from China and India. While these are good countries, there is a great deal of oil used to bring these fabrics to the US. This negates the use of plant dyes.

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