The Colours of Medieval Ireland II – Tree based colours

There are no end of ways to make colour happen on cloth and wool, the trick is rather to make them stay there. The earliest forms of fixing colours come from what Bríd Mahon (Traditional Dyestuffs in Ireland from Gold Under the Furze) calls “crude native alum [….] from wood ash, human urine, sheep manure,Continue reading “The Colours of Medieval Ireland II – Tree based colours”

Trying to find the colours of medieval Ireland – old sources.

For absolutely not the first or last time I have been struggling with translation. The more it happens the more I ditch my ideas that I will never, ever try to get my brain around Old Irish and idly dream about maybe going back to college some day just to try to get a betterContinue reading “Trying to find the colours of medieval Ireland – old sources.”

Elizabethan Colour charts

Having mentioned elizabethancostume.net earlier I was idly poking around it on my lunchbreak got absolutely sidetracked by some of the names of the colours documented on the site, not least some lists compiled by Penny Ladnier which are absolutely awesome. I love me a good quirky name, (ask me how I got interested in mushrooms)Continue reading “Elizabethan Colour charts”

The Whole Art of Dying in two parts – A first impression

The use of dying not dyeing is not mine, just to be clear! I’ve very recently discovered this book and am currently completely fascinated by it, even though it was printed out of my period of interest, in 1705 in London. The full title text includes:“The whole art of dying : in two parts, theContinue reading “The Whole Art of Dying in two parts – A first impression”

Historical dyeing recipe sources

The Leyden Papyrus and The Stockholm Papyrus These are third-century Egyptian documents, probably written by the same scribe, with recipes for various thing, of which some are dyeing or related recipes. “The Leyden Papyrus X ” is the one that concerns itself particularly with dyes and metals and is detailed in Journal of Chemical Education, vol.Continue reading “Historical dyeing recipe sources”