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Roman Black 20g (0.7 oz)


Roman Black: A combination of carbonates of calcium, manganese and iron. 

Place of Origin: Italy

Chemical Formula: 

Earth pigments come from clays and oxides and are best known by names such as burnt sienna, umber and ochre. Maiwa works with small companies who prepare these pigments using centuries-old traditional methods. Our pigments are ground extra fine for textile use.

Earth pigments are not dyes: they do not dissolve in solution, nor do they form molecular bonds with cloth fibres. Earth pigments are minerals and oxides that are collected all over the world for their characteristic colours. To work on textiles, the pigment is suspended in a medium and the medium bonds with the cloth. Acrylic is a popular media, however, at Maiwa we prefer soymilk. The protein in soymilk binds the earth pigments to the fibres.

For more information please see our Earth Pigment instructions.