Young coconut husk is described as a heavy stainer as its extract stains anything it gets in contact with. But this characteristic could make an other important byproduct out of this material which, aside from being bulky , seems to have no valuable use at all,
This is because young coconut husks yield dyes with colors ranging from pink to old rose, as shown by the studies conducted by the researchers of the Philippine Textile Research Institute headed by Dr. Carlos Tomboc.
The researchers have developed a dye in a form of aqueous extract using the standard technology developed by PTRI. According to Julius Leaflo, one of the researchers on the development of young coconut husk dye, young coconut husk extract produces color that, when applied on fabric, evolves itself into a deeper color over time. A pink fabric, for instance, evenly changes to old rose color after a year of application, which makes coconut husk dye unique.