Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments


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Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments

We are very happy to offer Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments by Jo Kirby, Maarten van Bommel, and Andre Verhecken!

Kathy says:

Another great reference book on historical methods for creating lake pigments.  This volume is the result of 2011 EU-sponsored workshops on Natural Dyes and Pigments. It covers the methods and results from those workshops.  Many of the techniques were new to me.  Pulling natural dye color from wool cloth was a revelation. It shows how incredibly precious and how ingenious the dyers and chemists had to be to create beautiful color.

From the Publisher:

How did textiles dyers manipulate the natural dyes at their disposal to obtain the colours we see on fabrics and tapestries in museum collections today? How did colour makers prepare the translucent lake pigments used by artists to give richness and volume to painted draperies? And subtle modulations of colour and space in the depiction of landscape? Some of the technological factors the dyer or pigment maker could control very easily have a marked effect on the final colour. The mordant salt used on the textile fibre. The dyeing temperature.  The method of extracting the dye during pigment preparation.

These factors were explored as part of a research activity with the European project CHARISMA (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures – Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration). It is a Research Infrastructures project funded by the European Union 7th Framework Programme.

Recipes for dyeing and lake pigment-making were designed to study the effects of these and other factors and used during two CHARISMA workshops held in 2011. One on making traditional lake pigments, the other on dyeing. This book brings together the recipes used during these very successful workshops with discussions of the historical recipes and is illustrated with photographs taken during the workshops.

The most widely used European natural dyes are described briefly. A short account of the chemistry of dyeing and lake pigment making is included. The book is aimed primarily at those who need easily modified and reproducible recipes for teaching or scientific work: conservators, scientists and teachers.

112 pages, Paperback, 8.23 x 0.38 x 11.73 inches

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Weight 500 g


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