Dyeing

Dyeing

Ingrain is a textile term that refers to the fastness of the dye. This means that the dye does not come off easily.

Long shades is a nineteenth century term for a type of Berlin wool thread, in which the colour gradually changes from light to dark and back again over a long length of the thread.

Shaded threads or cloth are a type of material that is dyed, printed or woven in gradations of one colour, from light to dark. It is sometimes called ombré. The term ombré derives from the French word meaning ‘shaded’. It was popular in western Europe from the 1840's onwards.

Short shades are a nineteenth century term for a type of Berlin wool thread, in which the same colour changes from light to dark and back again over a distance of less than a metre.

A variegated thread or cloth is a material dyed in two or more colours. In contrast, shaded refers to a thread or cloth dyed from light to dark using one colour (also called ombré). The terms 'shaded' and 'variegated' are often (incorrectly) used synonymously.