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What makes Your 12-Tone Colour Palette So Special?

“Part of the beauty of fabric is the way its color appearance changes with the incidence of light. While it may seem logical to use fabric color ‘swatches’ to look for a matching color in clothing, it is actually very difficult to do. Both the fabric swatch and the fabric fluctuate in color appearance.”

                                                       Kathryn Kalisz

Differences in the weave, material composition, or in the dyes used to achieve fabric colour samples may result in irregularities in the hue, value and chroma within colour samples.  These inconsistencies make accurate colour matching difficult to achieve.

    Fabric samples showing inconsistancy in Chroma

Your 12-Tone Personal Colour Palette is made from cotton canvas and offers consistency in material, texture and colouring agent.  This allows for the fabric to be coloured without the changing appearance of a dyed fabric swatch.

Unlike fabric and commercially printed card board samples, your 12 Tone Palette is not encased in plastic and will never fade or discolour.  Plastic covers and the most modern form of lamination change the appearance of colour, and render the sample less accurate for colour matching purposes.




Fabric samples encased in plastic



Comercially printed/laminated colour samples

Chroma (brightness/softness) is the first dimension of colour that a human being registers as unrelated, this is closely followed by hue then value.  The colours achieved from dying fabric are dependent on many factors, as a result, differences between dye lots are unavoidable.  As a result of the dying process differences in hue, value, and most importantly chroma, may render a dyed fabric sample less accurate for colour matching.


Superior technology has enabled your 12 Tone palette to be manufactured using archival materials and light fast inks, which are guaranteed not to fade or discolour for up to 50 years.  Each palette is hand finished with a coating which helps protect the colour sample by repelling dust, scratches and spills.  Just like any fine artwork, water, oils, waxes, acids, food and chemicals will adversely affect your colour palette.  Should any of these come into contact with the colour surface, gentle blotting with a barely damp tissue to remove excess liquids or food is advised.  Washing, rubbing, spot cleaning, or the use of detergents of any kind may result in damage to the colour surface.  If damage does occur, it will NOT affect your ability to colour match with accuracy.

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