Sappan Wood or East Indian redwood is a natural dye yielding medicinal plant. Sappan wood is one of the most widely used plant dye; in ancient times it plays a predominant role in red colour for dyeing textiles. By manipulating the pH of the dye bath by the addition of wood ash water or vinegar, the dye produces everything from pink to red colour. By combining different organic mordents like chrome alum, ferrous alum with dye it displays good fastness towards washing. The dye is seen to have anti-inflammatory activity.
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