FIXATIVES

South African Garden and Home - - Natural Plant Dyes -

Dy­ing cloth re­quires a fix­a­tive or mor­dant. These help colours bond to fab­ric, pre­vent­ing run­ning and fad­ing. Fixatives tend to be toxic, but alum (avail­able from soap sup­ply shops) is a non-toxic op­tion. Use

2–3 tea­spoons per 100g of cloth. Mix­ing it with cream of tar­tar (1 tea­spoon per 100g) will help soften fab­ric and brighten colours.

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