How to Dye with Turmeric Video Tutorial

Here I will show you how to use turmeric dye to get a rich orange and yellow color. I demonstrate for you in real-time with a video!

I often tie my natural dyed projects. To see my favorite shibori folds check out this post. Better yet, head to my dyeing page and look at all the fun tutorials I have there!

This is such a simple method to get a super vivid orange/yellow! I dye a flour sack towel and two scrunchies in this tutorial. See below for written instructions.

Can you use turmeric as a dye?

Absolutely. And a beautiful one at that! I highly suggest it especially if you haven’t tried natural dyeing before. You don’t need to pre-mordant and get a beautiful color with very minimal work or mess.

How long does turmeric dye last?

After about 5 washes you’ll notice it’s a lighter yellow. It will never fully wash out, but it does fade to a lighter yellow after consecutive washes. To preserve color, I suggest hanging dry your turmeric-dyed goods.

How do you permanently dye fabric with turmeric?

If you really need a color that never fades, I would suggest synthetic dyes, then using colorfast. But with natural dyes, you will always end up with light fading. The good news is you know how to dye it so you can always dye it again!

Here I will show you how I dye with turmeric to get a rich orange and yellow color. I demonstrate you in real time with a video!

Dye with Turmeric

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Weld plant gives you a beautiful, vibrant yellow color. I'll guide you through how to get this cool dye stuffs to get you neat results.


  • Turmeric Powder
  • Tea Towel or other natural fiber material


  • Large pot or bucket
  • Something to Stir
  • Rubberbands (optional)


  1. Bring your water to a boil
  2. Place your turmeric (I use about 1/4 cup for each towel I'm dyeing) in the water
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Place your damp towel in the water and heat low.
  5. Allow the fabric to sit as long as you need. I let it sit overnight.
  6. Take it out of the water and rinse.

If you want to see all of my natural dyeings must-haves check out this post here.

I really love dyeing with these towels you can find here. They’re thin cotton and take the color really well. I use them for washing my face, kitchen towels, hand towels, and raising dough.

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