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Gall nuts for dyeing

A word on gall nuts.
Gall nuts, nutgalls or oak apples are a tannin-rich growth on oak trees produced by an infection of the insect Cynips gallae tinctoriae, used as a dye and a mordant. Commercial gall nuts are harvested from the Gall Oak (Quercus lusitanica), also called Lusitanian Oak or Dyer’s Oak, native to Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.

3 comments on “Gall nuts for dyeing

  1. WSN
    October 4, 2011

    I saw your email address in conjunction with a page on using gallnuts
    in dyeing. In my work, I often use an ink made from gallnuts, and I
    was looking for ideas on where I could purchase gallnuts. Any idea?
    C.E. Katz

    • maria
      September 22, 2015

      Υou have probably found what you were looking for. If, however, you need to find some oak tree gall nuts, you can contact me as to the quantity etc

  2. Amanda
    October 6, 2011

    Dear C.E. Katz,

    I found gall nuts by doing a basic google search. Hope this helps:

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