Wild Dyes – Wild plants to Dye clothes By Andy Hamilton

If you were a clothing maker back in the early 19th century you would have had to rely on nature if you wished to change the colour of any of your garments; using roots and leaves and even dried insects. It was not until 1856 when William Henry Perkin artificially produced a lavender dye, purely by accident whilst messing about with coal tar that the now widespread usage of synthetic dyes transformed the clothing industry.

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1 Comment on Wild Dyes – Wild plants to Dye clothes By Andy Hamilton

  1. Thank you for sharing all the details and photos of your wild plants! I especially like the plant listings w/ details on the plants. I’m striving to someday catalog and map my plants and you guys are an inspiration 🙂

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