Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts

Understanding Mordants and Modifiers



Description: Since earliest times lactating mammals of every sort have been milked for human nutrition.
Other Names: Lactose
Dye Use: Neutral modifier with a pH of 6.3 to 6.6. Assists in bleaching delicate fibers. Good with red dyes; Turkey red was fixed into cotton with milk; Hindu dyers used it with madder dyeing on cotton, linen, hemp, ramie, etc.
Best On: Cellulose fibers
Dye Recipe: Soak fiber in milk then mordant in alum
Safety: Very safe
Disposal: Pour down sink
Alternative: Powdered milk, sour milk, buttermilk
Source: Grocery store, nearest cow or goat

CODES: c = cup; gal = gallon; lb = pound (weight); tbsp = Tablespoon; tsp = teaspoon / [AF] Anglo-French; [Ar] Arabic; [AS] Anglo-Saxon; [Dan] Danish; [Du] Dutch; [Fr] French; [Ger] German; [Gk] Greek; [It] Italian; [L] Classical Latin; [LL] Late Latin; [ME] Middle English; [ML] Modern Latin; [OE] Old English; [OF] Old French; [ON] Old Norse; [OS] Old Saxon; [Port] Portuguese; [Sp] Spanish; [Sw] Swedish / CE = Common Era; BCE = Before Common Era

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