Ethnobotanicals in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

For Weaving & Dying


Ojos y Manos Ethnobotanicals
Weaving & Dying
 

Trees - Deciduous

Hackberry, Netleaf - Celtis laevigata var. retioculata
sandles, dark-brown or dye, handles
   

Evergreen Shrubs/Subshrubs

Mahogany, Curl-leaf Mountain - Cercocarpus ledifolius
brown dye, tanning leather, fires, arrow points, etc.
   
Mahogany, True Mountain - Cercoparpus montanus
brown dye, tanning leather, fires, arrow points, etc.
   
Holly, Desert - Mahonia haematocarpa
yellow dye
   

Deciduous Shrubs/Subshrubs

root diggers, arrows, canes, canoes, purple dye
   
lemon-yellow dye, arrows, (contains7% rubber), etc.
   
arrow shafts, brooms, top ring of baskets & cradles
   
digging sticks, purple dye
   
basket making, black dye, arrows, crib hoods
   
basket making, black dye, arrows, crib hoods
   
bows and arrows
   

Herbaceous Perennials

Pricklypoppy, Southwestern - Argemone pleiacantha
tattoo pigment
   
Flax, Blue - Linum perenne
makes linen, textiles, cord, string, shampoo
   
Tea, Navajo - Thelesperma megapotamicum
yellow or gold dye
   

Deciduous Perennials

Zinnia, Prairie - Zinnia grandiflora
yellow dye
   

Cacti/Succulents

Yucca, Soapweed - Yucca glauca
weaving, suds of roots as a hair wash
   
Yucca, Banana - Yucca baccata
weaving
   
Yucca, Faxon - Yucca faxoniana
weaving
   

Grasses

Grass, Indian - Sorghastrum nutans brooms, hairbrushes, insulation for moccasins, switches