Ferreira, Ester S B, Hulme, Alison N, McNab, Hamish and Quye, Anita (2004) The natural constituents of historical textile dyes. Chemical Society Reviews, 33. pp. 329-336. ISSN 0306-0012

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The sources and structures of dyes used to colour Western historical textiles are described in this tutorial review. Most blue and purple colours were derived from indigo—obtained either from woad or from the indigo plant—though some other sources (e.g. shellfish and lichens) were used. Reds were often anthraquinone derivatives obtained from plants or insects. Yellows were almost always flavonoid derivatives obtained from a variety of plant species. Most other colours were produced by over-dyeing—e.g. greens were obtained by over-dyeing a blue with a yellow dye. Direct analysis of dyes isolated from artefacts allows comparison with the historical record.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Full text available via http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/109139/
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Conservation and Analytical Research
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 15:41
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2232

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