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Rare 2000-Year-Old Snail-Dyed Fabrics Found In Israel by Miriam Kresh

These very rare textiles were found in the Wadi Murabba’at caves south of Qumran,where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. They’d been d…

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Pigments and Dyes

History The original palette was black, white, red and yellow: charcoal, chalk, and iron rich minerals like red and yellow ochre, very fine…

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0 May 8, 2012

Misperceptions about Medieval Clothing

People wore dull coloured clothes When you think of medieval commoners, you probably think of people wearing brown and grey sackcloth in un…

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0 May 8, 2012

Dyes and pigments

Early uses The dyeing of linen and leather in Mesopotamia and northern Syria and Egypt was being carried out as early as 2000 BC in temple…

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0 May 8, 2012

Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century by Susan C. Druding

Originally written for a Seminar presented in Seattle, Washington at Convergence 1982, a bi-annual gathering of weavers, dyers and spinners…

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Dyes & Dyeing

In early Ireland, dyeing was considered to be a somewhat magical process, and was strictly a women's craft, there being a taboo on dyeing f…

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medieval black dyes

Those fabulously posh portraits of English and European royalty depict them in very smart black clothing, trimmed with dark fur, embellishe…

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medieval purple dyes

Definition:Royal Purple (also called Tyrian Purple or Byzantine Purple) is the deep purple pigment used for elite clothing beginning in the…

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‘í litklæðum’ – Coloured Clothes in Medieval Scandinavian Literature and Archaeology by Thor Ewing

What do we mean by ‘coloured clothes’? Or rather, what did the saga writers mean by their term litklæði? Today, when coloured clothes aboun…

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medieval blue dyes

Isatis tinctoria, with Woad (play /ˈwoʊd/; or glastum) as the common name, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae. It is commonly…

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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