The first thing I did after arriving in Manali, was to open up my mordant experiment box. (The one I promised not to touch for a few years in my previous post.)
I ran over a 100 small baths in the last 15 days to confirm if my initial observations from last year were correct.
Today I am 100% convinced that they were. Solar is better. It is better for the fiber, better for mordanting, better for fastness and from what I see so far much better for the color.
The post from last year that started to deal with this subject is here Solar is better
If anyone is interested in a little more detail, please read the bold text that I inserted into the original post, do not bother with the original. It was an exercise in futility....
Here are a few of many examples of what solar mordanted yarns can do in quick hot dye baths.
All of these are metallic salts, the usual order is unmordanted yarn (the big baby skein) and alum, iron, copper, tin, chrome and zinc (the little baby skeins).
All the skeins have been light tested for a week or two, depending on the dye.
Iranian madder (fresh dye) :
Hope you guys can see how better the colors are on the new dye, than on the 6 month old batch pictured below.......ah...this world of dyeing is just full of wonder.....
Iranian madder (aged dye) :
Manjeet (Indian Madder) long alcohol soak:
Tesu (butea), fresh dye:
Daru haridra (berberis), new dye:
Lac, neutral ph:
Harsingar, new dye:
Lal chandan (Red sandal powder), quick lye soak:
Patang (Indian logwood), quick lye soak:
Rose petals, fresh dye:
I am intrigued by this dye, it has shown a potential for magic under different conditions....If the colors hold for two weeks I will work with it deeper and dedicate a post to it.
Patang (Indian logwood), quick alcohol soak: (the second from right is the closest that I have been able to get to black on angora).
Now that our fibers are happy will be doing lots of solar dyeing this year...........to be continued....