I wonder if anyone can help.
I know that silk abaca can be dyed “a colour”
is it possible to dye it white. I know it’s difficult to get a lighter colour unless “bleaching” of some sort, which would damage the fabric. But is there a gentle “white” dye that will work?
You are correct about bleaching and would not come out as dead white. Even with coat of florist spray design Master in white over the ivory may not be a dead white you want. https://www.houseofadorn.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=+Design+master... Next idea is to use a spray from hardware - take silk abaca with you and seek advice from paint experts. The main thing is you want a coating not a covering that is filling in weave most of top milliners do exactly this - experimenting is our greatest teacher. Share with everyone your results Best Wishes, Elaine xx
Abaca fiber is not snow white to begin with. It's a yellowish off-white so bleaching is unlikely to help. There may be a dye that will work. Jacquard fabric paint will work for sure.