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Kay-Williams, Susan

The story of colour in textiles : imperial purple to denim blue / Susan Kay-Williams.

Additional Title(s):

Colour in textiles

London : Bloomsbury, [2013]
Physical Description:
176 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Reference Library
TT853 .K39 2013 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-147) and index.
"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."-- Back cover
Subject Terms:
Color in the textile industries -- History.
Dyes and dyeing -- Europe -- History.
Textile fabrics -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History.
Textile industry -- Europe -- History.

  • Fragments and glimpses: dyes from prehistory
  • The dark ages: surprising colour
  • New skills and burgeoning trade: the Middle Ages
  • Richness and restraint: the 15th century
  • Broadening horizons: the 16th century
  • Mystery, art and science: the 17th century
  • Analysis, understanding and invention: the 18th century
  • Ryots, rewards and handsome colours: the 19th century
  • A hundred yellows: the 20th and 21st centuries.