photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Volume 6: Dyeing.


This work attempts to identify the nature of those dyestuffs used by common people and the method by which their clothing was dyed.


Front Cover of The Users manual (Stuart Clothing)

Chapter Title Page
Introduction 3
The Colours of Common Peoples Clothing 4
The Nature of the Colours 6
Red 7
Stammel and Scarlet 8
Blue and Plunket 10
Green and Yellow 15
Minor Colours 16
The Dyeing Industry 19
Commercial Dyers: The Evidence 19
Commercial Dyers Equipment 24
Commercial Dyers Premises 33
Craftsmen Dyers 34
Poor Country Dyers 25
The Materials 37
Water 37
Bran Water 38
Chemicals 40
Dyestuffs 45
Madder 45
Brazil Wood 49
Grain, Kermes and Cochineal 51
Weld 54
Dyers Broom and Fustic 55
Woad 56
Indigo 66
Litchen dyes: Orchil, Cork and Litmus 69
Black and Puke Dyes 72
Logwood in Compound Dyes 79
The Processes 82
Dyeing Wool 83
Simple colours:
Red 84
Yellow 87
Blue 88
Black 94
Compound colours 96
Dyeing Silk 100
Dyeing Linen 101
Dyeing Leather 102
Experimental History: Reproducing period dyeing 103
Appendix 1: Replicating period dyed fabrics 112
Glossary, Bibliography and Abbreviations 116

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