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Some recipes for printing pastes

1. Printing Pastes with Cutch and Iron Acetate

  • Recipe for Michel Garcia's Iron Acetate Paste for Printing on Wool: Ingredients: Instructions: Note: This paste is specially designed to react with tannins and other natural dyes to produce unique effects on wool textiles. The addition of glycerol enhances the paste's ability to interact effectively with steam during the heat-setting process, embedding the dye deeply into the wool fibers.

  • Ferrous sulfate: 10 grams

  • Sodium carbonate or soda ash: 5 grams (for neutralizing)

  • Vinegar (8%): 200 milliliters

  • Guar gum: 2-3 grams (depending on desired consistency)

  • Glycerol: a few drops (for humidity control)

2. Mordant Dyes Printing Pastes

  • General Preparation: For each mordant dye paste (e.g., weld, logwood, cochineal), dissolve the dye extract in 200 ml of hot water. Add 30 grams of aluminum sulfate and thicken with 4-5 grams of guar gum. For madder lake paste, dissolve the precipitated colorant in citric acid and thicken as needed.

3. Quinone Dyes with Tannin and Citric Acid

  • Acidic Cochineal Paste: Dissolve cochineal extract in water with 10% citric acid and a pinch of tannin from gall nut. Thicken with guar gum and add a drop of glycerol.

  • Henna and Other Quinone Dyes: Prepare similar to cochineal, adjusting tannin and citric acid based on the specific dye.

4. Overprinting Techniques

  • Utilize the above pastes in layers to achieve complex color effects on fabric. Each layer must be carefully dried before applying the next to prevent color bleeding.

These recipes allow for the creation of a variety of textile prints using traditional and modernized methods of dye application.

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