Dyes, tints, coloring of older ways Discussions (24)

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medieval green dyes

If plants that yield yellow dyes are common, plants that yield green dyes are rare. Both woad and indigo have been used since ancient times…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

4 May 8, 2012
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Medieval Leather Dying Originally compiled by Ron Charlotte (ska Al Thaalibi)

Dying leather was done, but these appear to be limited to green, red, blue, black and brown. During the Middle Ages, as with today, they a…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 May 8, 2012

Color and Dyes in Early Rus by Sofya la Rus, Mka Lisa Kies

Colored fabrics were called krashenin and included homespun linen dyed blue, green and red, and set aside for boyar clothing. (Kireyeva) an…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 May 8, 2012

medieval yellow dyes

Yellow dyes are "about as numerous as red ones", and can be extracted from saffron, pomegranate rind, turmeric, safflower, onionskins, and…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

4 May 8, 2012
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medieval orange dyes

Orange/Russet Orange as a colour is neither illustrated nor talked about very often in medieval sources, although it could certainly be mad…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

2 May 8, 2012
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medieval red dyes

Kermes is a red dye derived from the dried bodies the females of a scale insect in the genus Kermes, primarily Kermes vermilio. The insects…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

6 May 8, 2012
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Dyeing with Indigo - Natural Fermentation Vat

Indigo is a dye different than any other. It does not require any mordant. Rather it is dyed through a living fermentation process. The pro…

Started by SunKat

0 Dec 13, 2011

Making Natural Dyes From Plants by SunKat

Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard! Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common n…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Nov 27, 2011

Natural Dyeing to 1600 by SunKat

Color has always been important to humans. Archaeological records tells us that early humans developed methods of adding color to fiber as…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Nov 27, 2011

How To Dye Wood, Bone and Horn by SunKat

Any wood, bone, or horn you want to dye must lie for half a day in alum water, and then be allowed once more to dry. Then it should be dyed…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Nov 27, 2011



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

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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...

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