M is for Shhhhh

 

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Some words have secret lives.  Here is one of those words:

MORDANT

So much so that the Great Wikipedia has sent out something of a search party to discuss its impact on society:

This article needs attention from an expert in Textile Arts or Chemistry. Please add a reason or a talkparameter to this template to explain the issue with the article. WikiProject Textile Arts or WikiProject Chemistry(or their Portals) may be able to help recruit an expert. (February 2009)

Oh, sorry, I see that the distress signal was sent back in 2009. Mordant has moved on. Secretly, I’m sure. Under cover of night.

When last seen, Mordant was hanging out at Dye Lake. But before you try to book a room at the Dye Lake Lodge, you should know what you’re getting into:

The dye lake is an insoluble molecule formed when the complex of dye and mordant are combined, which then attaches to the substrate. Mordants increase the fastness of the dye since the larger molecule is now bonded to the fibre.[2]

Who knew?

Also, if you have sheep, you should be aware that wool is highly receptive to Mordant. Consider yourself warned, okay?

 

 

Note: I’m participating in the  A to Z Blogging Challenge for 2016. Thirteen letters to go!

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