Most mordants are metallic salts.

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Posted by Faery Ring on June 4, 2002 at 00:03:43:

In reply to: Isn't lemon juice a mordant in this case? posted by Lauren on June 3, 2002 at 20:51:03:

I donít have all the answers but I swear that bright green henna is
probably dyed with something to make it greener. Every time I wipe
up the henna paste and the paper towel shows green streaks
surrounding the paste I have to wonder. The color is a little too
unnatural to be normal plant chlorophyll. I can confirm it when I
mix henna in a plastic bag and I can see little green specks in the
paste. That is a sure sign of an added green dye to me.

Most mordants are metallic salts that are added to the dye bath to
allow the dye to adhere to the fabric fibers better. I donít think
that lemon juice is a mordant I think that is just releasing the
henna dyes but doesnít necessarily help it adhere to the fabric


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