What is Dyeing in Textiles?


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What are the two most basic categories of textile dyes?

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1. What is a mordant?

2. Which type of dye must be treated with an alkaline substance before it is used to dye textiles?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is designed to test what you know about the processes and materials involved in dyeing textiles. You'll check what you know about the different processes and why there are so many ways to dye textiles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet tests your knowledge of:

  • The two basic categories of textile dyes
  • What a mordant is
  • The type of dye that needs to be treated with an alkaline substance before it is used
  • The process of dyeing to use when you want to dye a whole piece of fabric

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember the two basic categories of textile dyes
  • Knowledge application - review what you know about the materials used in dye processes to answer a question about it
  • Making connections - use your understanding of dyeing textiles to explain why there are so many different types of dyes and processes

Additional Learning

You can find more insight about this topic in the lesson, What is Dyeing in Textiles?. This lesson gives more detail about:

  • What form dye comes in
  • Comparing paint and dye
  • How long people have been dyeing fabric
  • What synthetic dyes are usually made of
  • The difference between basic dye and direct dye
  • Terminology like continuous dyeing process, stock dyeing and top dyeing