from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having color that will not run or fade with washing or wear: a colorfast fabric.
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- adj. Having colors that have been dyed or applied to the material in a way that will prevent them from being washed out, running, or fading.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having color that is resistant to fading or running
Sew Take A Hike offers a WashableLabel Tutorial using printable fabric with tips for making labels colorfast and washable.
Most of these products are identified as "colorfast" by the manufacturer.
Did you know that beginning in the 1880s women had been willing to pay extra for Turkey Red thread for redwork embroidery because unlike most colors, it was colorfast?
To make natural fabrics, like cotton and silk, colorfast HP and a few of the above tutorials recommend using Bubble Jet Set 2000.
Boet Brinkgreve, bio-based-materials business manager at DuPont in Geneva, says Bio-PDO is replacing oil-based polymers in a fabric called Sorona, making it softer, lighter, stretchier and more colorfast than petroleum-based materials.
When I do a drawing, I keep the original in my portfolio (nice, dark place), and make color copies (much more colorfast) for sale.
The cheaper markers that you find in the drug store or just about anywhere are good for accents at times but many aren't very colorfast so they may bleach out eventually.
The dyes are reputed to be colorfast and should not run.
Red Wine: Blot stain with a colorfast towel, then saturate with white wine.
But it will also tend to cause more fading and more bleeding of colors that are not colorfast and more shrinking in clothes that tend to shrink.
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