A Dyer's Manual


Book Details

Author  Jill Goodwin
Publisher  Ashmans Publications
Publication Date   April 20, 2003
ISBN  0954440102
Pages  128

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Although textiles rarely survive in archaeological contexts, we know that dyeing and weaving were practised in the ancient world. This book is part historical and part experimental as Jill Goodwin, well known for her research into dyeing, imparts her knowledge and experiences with dyeing processes. A step-by-step guide teaches the uninitiated how to select fibres, obtain dyes from various plant, insect and soil sources, and what equipment is needed. A review of ancient dyes, including Tyrian purple, St John's Blood, cochineal, tumeric, saffron, henna and indigo, is given alongside experimental work carried out in East Anglia.

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