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Botanical Colors Aquarelle liquid natural dye extracts

Liquid Lac natural dye extract

Lac is the scarlet resinous secretion of Kerria lacca or Laccifer Lacca species of scale insects. Thousands of these tiny insects colonize branches of suitable host trees such as fig and acacia and secrete the resinous pigment. The coated branches of the host trees are cut and harvested as sticklac. The harvested sticklac is processed using alcohols to produce lac extract. The principle producers of lac are parts of India, Thailand, China and Mexico.

The active colourant in lac is laccaic acid. It has good light and washfastness and produces beautiful pink through crimson/burgundy and purple shades.

Lac is pH sensitive and interesting colour changes can be achieved with the addition of a mild acid for orange shades, alkali for purple/crimson shades.

50 grams of Liquid Lac will dye about 500 grams of fibre or yarn to a deep shade and around 1kg of yarn or fibre to a medium shade.

Price: £10.00 per 45ml (50g) [item code DY503]

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Samples of wool hand dyed with Botanical Colors Liquid Lac natural dye extract. The sample skein on the left was also dyed with Saxon Blue (Liquid Indigo) to create a purple shade

Samples of wool hand dyed with Botanical Colors Liquid Lac natural dye extract. The sample skein on the left was also dyed with Saxon Blue (Liquid Indigo) to create a purple shade

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