Natural Dyes by Dominique Cardon


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We are so excited to carry this classic book Natural Dyes by Dominique Cardon!

Kathy says:

Of all the natural dye books, this a most important reference and recommended for the serious dyer. It is an encyclopedia covering natural dyes around the world and their cultural and traditional significance. The book is profusely illustrated depicting plant habitat, chemistry, range and uses of color.

From the Publisher:

There is a threat of extinction to more and more plants and animals by humanity’s ever-increasing pressure on the land and oceans of the planet. This book sets out to record sources of colorants discovered and used on all the continents from antiquity until the present day.

The author discusses and illustrates some 300 plants and 30 animals (marine molluscs and scale insects). Cardon received the Legion d’Honneur for her scientific work. Her passion for natural dyes, with their colors of unequaled richness and subtlety, has taken her across the globe in search of dye sources and dyers. She gives botanical/zoological details for each source and the chemical structures for each dye. Cardon illustrates dyes employed by different civilizations, identified by dye analyses. Additionally, she quotes and explains the relevant historical recipes. She details the descriptions of dyeing processes by traditional dyers in the light of modern science. Finally, Cardon notes other current uses of such colorants, e.g. in medicine and for food and cosmetics.

Natural dyes have been replaced largely by synthetic dyes. We know the harmful consequences of the pollution resulting from the production and use of some synthetic colorants. Therefore, there is a significant revival and renewed interest in natural colorants. Natural dyes are an integral part of the major issue of our time – sustainable development. The aim of this book is to provide a scientific background for this important debate.

This authoritative resource is an expanded, corrected and updated translation of the award winning book Le Monde des Teintures Naturelles (Belin, Paris, 2003). It is aimed at dyers, scientists, designers, artists, weavers, spinners, curators, conservators and restorers, museums, research institutions. Basically, all those who have a professional or personal interest in, or passion for, colour.

Hardcover, 500+ pages, 4.36 pounds, 7.39 x 1.75 x 10.16 inches

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Weight 1900 g
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 1.5 in


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