DID YOU KNOW…….
In some instances, a color change can occur when fabrics are exposed to sun or artificial light for a period of time.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Light fading is more intense on the side of the fabric that is exposed to light while in use or storage. It can be just in a small area or a more extensive color loss. Often it appears as angular patterns or streaks. Most of the time, the loss of color leaves a lighter shade, but in some cases, the areas discolored from light exposure could appear to have a darker hue. The original color of the fabric can be seen in the areas protected from light, such as inside the seam allowance, under the collar, darts, or pleats, inside pockets, or on the underside of the fabric.
Exposure to sunlight or artificial light caused this type of dye fading. Such direct and indirect light sources contain invisible light spectrums, such as ultra-violet rays, that can alter the chemical structure of dyes. The main factors that will determine if a fabric will change color from light include the fiber content of the fabric and the chemistry of the dye, as well as the light source, time, and strength of exposure.
The manufacturer must select durable dyes appropriate for expected conditions of normal use and storage for the fabric’s intended end product. However, the owner of the item must take precautions not to allow the fabric to be exposed to prolonged and concentrated light during use, transportation, and storage, because practically all dyes will fade from light if the exposure is strong and long enough.