The Story of Colour in Textiles (Paperback)

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The Story of Colour in Textiles (Paperback)


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The colour and shade of dyed textiles were once as much an indicator of social class or position as the fabric itself and for centuries the recipes used by dyers were closely guarded secrets. The arrival of synthetic dyestuffs in the middle of the nineteenth century opened up a whole rainbow of options and within 50 years modern dyes had completely overturned the dyeing industry. From pre-history to the current day, the story of dyed textiles in Western Europe brings together the worlds of politics, money, the church, law, taxation, international trade and exploration, fashion, serendipity and science.

This book is an introduction to a broad, diverse and fascinating subject of how and why people coloured textiles. A fresh review of this topic, this book brings previous scholars' work to light, alongside new discoveries and research.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350184565
ISBN-10: 135018456X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: March 25th, 2021
Pages: 176
Language: English