Rusty Considerations/ Размышления о ржавом

Interesting information for natural dyers and printers…

The Procrastinator Dyer's Diary

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Painting and staining are the two processes closest to Dyeing. Staining does not involve chemical combination of a dye with the fiber, and usually quickly washes out. Painting involves the application of insoluble pigment, suspended in a liquid binder, to a surface. Mordants, i.e. metal salts, tannins, and oxyfatty acids, are necessary to effect chemical combination. Also, polychromatic effects of many dyes result from the metal-dye complexIron is one of the assistants that are usually used by home dyers. Since unconventional methods of the use of natural dye stuffs have effused within recent years among enthusiasts with no special training, an improvised approach to natural dyeing became prevalent. Iron oxide, i.e. Rust, has been widely used while common iron salts mordants have been avoided.

In arts, rust is associated with images of faded glory; rust is a commonly used metaphor, so, no wonder that it…

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