Lac is a scale insect - the female infests the stems and twigs of trees of the Ficus family. The hard resinous coating is produced from the plant sap that has been metabolized by the insects.The dye is extracted from the reinsous coating. The resin is known as shellac and lacquer, a protective coating for wood
Requires an Alum Mordant Excellent lightfastness and washfastness on silk and wool Shades range from red to purple The resin is used in cabinetry, lutherie and protection of wooden works under the name of Shellac. Purified shellacs are used in food ( E904) and in pharmacy. The coloring agent is isolated from resin to become the ” lac dye ” , more easily used as a dye than the raw resin (it was formerly used but leaves the fibers sticky). Instructions for use included
How much dye to purchase: All natural dyeing is based on wog or wof - weight of goods or weight of fabric Here is the formula for the Lac Extract to dye 1lb of fabric.
8% of Lac extract to the weight of dry goods (WOG).
Use 3% Citric Acid to weight of the extract!
For 1 pound (453 grams) of wool or silk or cotton
1.25 ounces or (36 grams) of Lac extract .03 ounce (1 gram) citric acid
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