The Red Dyes: Cochineal, Madder, and Murex Purple : a World Tour of Textile Techniques

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Lark Books, Dec 31, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 215 pages
This book reveals the fascinating history of how the natural red dyes came to various people and cultures centuries ago. Gosta Sandberg's narratives are filled with tension and drama. Historical events, tragic experiments, and amusing anecdotes are interspersed with well-informed descriptions of how the red dyes were developed and used on textile products of various kinds. Turkey red dyeing - the most complicated dyeing process ever invented by humans - is covered in depth. Gosta explores the fascinating history of Indian, Persian, and Turkey red calico prints, explaining how it is possible to find Javanese patterns on the red shawls of Dalecarleian women. The text is complemented with unique photographic material of pattern sketches, recipes, and test sample excerpts and original prints from manufacturers' archival treasures. Contemporary recipes for dyeing with madder and cochineal are also included.

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