Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

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Coloration, Mordant Dyes

  • Martin Bide
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_153-1


Probably the one word that those otherwise unfamiliar with dyeing know is “mordant” and its derivation from the Latin “mordere” (to bite) with the implication that such a compound forms a link between dye and fiber. However, given the complexities of the dyeing process, it is difficult to write a simple definition for “mordant.” The concept is rooted in history, when only natural fibers and natural dyes were available, and scientific understanding was insufficient to explain fully the functions of the various materials used to provide dyeings that were fast to washing, sunlight, etc. As that understanding has developed, the need for mordants has declined to the point where they are commercial oddities. For the purposes of this entry, the definition is as follows:

A mordant is a substance applied to a textile substrate in parallel with the dyeing process that modifies the interaction of dye and fiber (and remains present in the subsequent dyed material) to provide better...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of TextilesUniversity of Rhode Island, Fashion Merchandising and DesignKingstonUSA