Reed Lake, Chaplain, Saskatchewan – Mordants

In 2015 I was driving along Canada’s #1 highway and passed Reed Lake, near Chaplain, SK.  It is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Sanctuary

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As I approached, there were very high winds and the horizon was obscured by the blowing of the sodium sulphate that is mined there…

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…and then when I got to the area that was blowing I experienced a total white-out…

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Once home I looked up what is mined there.  It is a 99% pure form of sodium sulphate, which is a non-toxic double salt, and can be used as an evener in fabric dyeing (however, it can be an irritant if not used with discretion).  Depending on the dye being used it can actually work to deepen/embolden the colour in the fabric as well.

I phoned the mining operation and enquired about where I might be able to obtain a sample or even a 20 kg. bag with which to experiment.

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