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« on: February 17, 2010 10:23:14 PM »


So I love tumeric, it dyes really well. The only problem I have is what to use as a fixing agent. I've tried salt, bicarb soda and washing soda(which I'm told is the same thing as soda ash), but they still bleed and fade. How can I solve this problem? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010 10:31:31 AM »

You need a mordant to increase fastness with many natural dyes. Common mordants are alum, copper, and iron (alum being one of the more friendly/less toxic).
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/mordants_and_assists.shtml

I'd recommend finding some books or good websites on natural dyes before starting to work with mordants.
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