Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts

Understanding Mordants and Modifiers



Description: Acid modifier of fermented fruit liquid with a pH of 2.8-3.8
Other Names: Vino
Dye Use: Use old white wine; not as strong as vinegar, so double amount used. Red wine adds a faint pink color to fiber. Medieval clothing was cleaned with wine; white wine for light colors, red for darker clothing.
Best On: Cellulose fibers
Dye Recipe: Use much like lemon juice or vinegar. Experiment!
Safety: None, except imbibing too much.
Disposal: Pour down sink
Alternative: Vinegar, acetic acid
Source: Wine shop, Supermarket

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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