Two dye fastness tests exposed to sunlight in India, by Alexander Morton and Company, 1905-1915. Part of the Morton Collection.
Scotish manufacturer James Morton was alarmed by how quickly his firm's synthetically dyed fabrics bleached in shop windows. He was a disciple of the arts and craft movement, which criticised industrial production of artificial dyes as dehumanising workers and commodifying traditional techniques. Morton became determined to produce a new range of unfadable dypes. These are two of multiple sample test cards of dyed yarn that Morton sent to his brother-in-Law in colonial India, with instructions to expose them to sunlight. Based on these results, he employed chamist James Christie to develop a new range of natural and synthetic dyes that were more permanent. These colours were then sold with a lifetime guarantee, the first of its kind in the textile industry.
- Industrial Chemistry
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Fast colours: 90 mm x 418 mm x 3 mm,
- Morton, J.W.F.
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