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Black is not a simple colour to obtain in fabric in during [[period]] - few things make true black dyes, and many black dyes are either not colourfast (fade quickly) or are corrosive (eat through the fabric). Often black [[dye]] was made by taking a very dark [[blue dye]], [[green dye]], [[red dye]] or [[brown dye]] and adding [[oak gall]]s to make it blacker.
 
Black is not a simple colour to obtain in fabric in during [[period]] - few things make true black dyes, and many black dyes are either not colourfast (fade quickly) or are corrosive (eat through the fabric). Often black [[dye]] was made by taking a very dark [[blue dye]], [[green dye]], [[red dye]] or [[brown dye]] and adding [[oak gall]]s to make it blacker.
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==Sources of [[period]] recipes for black dyes==
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* [http://www.elizabethancostume.net/dyes/profitable.html A Profitable Booke], 1586
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[[Category:colour]]

Latest revision as of 12:55, 11 September 2007

Black is not a simple colour to obtain in fabric in during period - few things make true black dyes, and many black dyes are either not colourfast (fade quickly) or are corrosive (eat through the fabric). Often black dye was made by taking a very dark blue dye, green dye, red dye or brown dye and adding oak galls to make it blacker.

Sources of period recipes for black dyes