Can Henna Be Used To Print on Fabric?

Can Henna Be Used To Print on Fabric?

Trent Johnson
Sep 29, 2009

Q: I've seen henna tattoos, and it seems as though henna would be a great alternative to regular fabric dyes or for printing on fabric, such as wall hangings, curtains, quilts and things that don't get wet too often. But can henna be used to print on fabric? The answer isn't clear from anything I've been able to find online.

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Editor: As you know, henna is a flowering plant that produces a red-orange dye molecule that has the affinity for bonding with protein (think skin, hair, leather, silk, wool).It's been used widely on leather, such as on these drums:

EcoSalon has a great article on henna motifs, and Luanne has even commissioned a henna artist to create some designs on a curtain (although it's not clear whether or not the ink used was henna or something else).

Does anyone have a personal experience using henna for anything other than body art?

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Image: Bulk henna powder via My Henna Business

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