Style Terms


The complete glossary for style and fashion terminology.


What does Sulphur mean?

Sulphur, number 16 on the periodic table, is a non-metal chemical element. Pure sulphur is use in gunpowder, matches, and fireworks.

As opposed to , sulphur is a type of dyestuff used frequently to create other colours such as  black, green, and red. Although economical, it only has moderate fastness to washing and light.

Style Terms explains Sulphur

In relation to fabrics, sulfur dyes are an economical choice with decent colorfastness. The fabric is placed into a bath of sodium sulfide, becoming insoluble after oxidizing with exposure to the air.

Sulphur dyes are used mainly for cellulosic fibers such as cotton or linen. They come in a wide range of hues; however, the colors are considered dull compared to other types of dye.