Arrabidaea chica

Orden: Order: Lamiales

Familia: Family: Bignoniaceae

Género: Genus: Arrabidaea

Especie: Species: Chica

Nombres comunes: Common names: Chivaviri, crajirú, cudio, curi, hojita de teñir, om.

Parte de la planta que se usa para el pigmento: Part of the plant used for pigment: Leaf

Color: Brown

Cudi pigment on paper. 102 x 68 cm

Herbarium. Dried Cudi leaves, sewn on rice paper.
77 x 57 cm. 2013.

Monotype on rice paper made from the dried Cudi leaves.
100 x 65 cm. 2013.



Cudi. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.

Descripción general

General Description

Ground, or at times a climber vine, reaching up to three meters tall. The stem is green, same as the leaves, which are oval and elongated. Its tubular flowers vary in color from reddish to violet and are grouped in clusters at the end of the plant. Fruits are enlonged, flattened and similar to a green-bean pod.

Cudi. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.

Distribución geográfica
e historia natural

Geographic Distribution
and Natural History

Found in tropical America, from Central America to the Amazon. This plant can be easily found growing in the soil of wet tropical forests and undergrowth areas.

Cudi macerated and mixed with water. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.



Indigenous communities commonly use this plant for medicinal purposes. It has disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, healing, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is used to treat diarrhea, jaundice, anemia (because of its high levels of iron), nausea and conjunctivitis. Also used to dye textiles and paint the body. Its colorful and attractive flowers make it an ornamental plant as well.



Cudi produces a brownish-red color when its leaves are macerated. It is a very versatile plant, which produces a high-yielding ink that adheres well on all materials used as surfaces: paper, fique (natural fiber) and cotton. The process requires exposure to heat in order for the color to be properly fixed on the supports.

Extracción + teñido

Extraction + dyeing