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Merino/Silk – Saffron
$9.50 – $38.82
80% Merino wool (22-micron) / 20% Mulberry silk from Ashford of New Zealand.
Combed top/sliver. A base tone of peachy coral, with streaks of salmon, amber and of course silvery-white silk.
PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
$7.15 – $29.25 Select options
Red Sandalwood, Sawdust
Dried sawdust from Pterocarpus santalinus, also called Ratanjali. Use on protein or cellulose fibres. Pre-mordanting recommended. Lovely bronze, auburn and burnt orange shades result. Use at 75-100% WOF for medium shades. TO USE: make a thick paste with rubbing alcohol and let sit for one half hour to let the air at it. Add to water and simmer 1 hour. Cool and strain. Enter wetted, premordanted fibre to dye liquor and simmer 1 hour. Exhaust baths will give paler shades. Light and washfastness: excellent.
$4.13 – $16.88 Select options
Ground dried fruits of Mallotus philippinensis, sometimes called Lotus Tree. Use on protein fibres. Produces brilliant yellow and orange tones similar to Saffron. Pre-mordanting recommended. Use at 20-30% WOF for medium shades. TO USE: needs alkaline conditions: dissolve in warm water with Soda Ash at 3% WOG. Add wetted, premordanted fibre and simmer at 160-175°F for 1 hour. Cool, then rinse fibre in water with 1 cup of vinegar to neutralize the pH. Light & washfastness: very good.
$3.52 – $27.20 Select options
Dried roots of Rubia tinctoria, available ground or whole. Use on protein or cellulose fibres. Pre-mordanting recommended. A classic dye, giving dramatic reds, brick-reds to orange and coral. Use at 50-100% WOF (weight of fibre) for medium shades. TO USE: simmer in water below 185°F for 30 minutes. Cool overnight, then repeat simmer and strain. Add more water and enter pre-mordanted fibre. Hold below 158°F for one hour. Higher temperatures may produce browns rather than oranges or reds, so try to avoid bringing to a high simmer or boil. Ground madder is much easier to work with than the whole dried roots.. Light and washfastness: excellent.