Hosiery shedding colour in the laundry – Why?

From what I know, the dye is actually supposed to penetrate the yarn, not just sit on top of it.  At least none of my own pantyhose shed colour.  But I hear about this kind of stuff happening to other people.

For example, women on dance forums complain that their dance hosiery fades after washing.

Any idea why?  Cheap brands?  Chinese production?

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4 thoughts on “Hosiery shedding colour in the laundry – Why?

  1. I haven’t had that problem yet, though I’ve rarely washed hosiery in a washing machine. I have used a product called Ovacion to hand-wash them, don’t mix colors if you do that because a few splotches of one color can get on the other pair.

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