Lac extract is one of those Old World dyes mentioned as early as 250 AD. The deep red colorant is extracted from the crude shellac resin excreted by the lac insect.

Lac extract yields crimsons to burgundy reds to deep purples. The colourant is similar to cochineal but colours achieved are warmer, softer, and more muted. The lac dye has high light and washfastness on silk and wool. 5-8% dye to WOF is all that is needed for a medium depth of shade.

Dissolve lac powder in a little bit of very hot water to make a paste before adding it to the dye bath.

Lac Extract (Laccifer lacca)

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    0.01- 0.100 kg      5$

    0.100-0.250 kg      9$

    0.250- 0.500 kg     12.50$

    0.500- 0.750 kg     16$

    0.750 1.00 kg        20$

    1.00- 1.50 kg         25$

    1.50- 2.00 kg         35$

    2.00 kg                   40$


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