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Bringing Color Forward: A (Very) Brief History of Natural Dyeing

It only seems right to start with a little bit of background information regarding the history of color and natural dyeing. Color has been an influential part of culture for so long, encompassing significant meanings, geographical information, and growth of societies. While the exact date of origin for natural dyeing is unknown, largely because textiles deteriorate over time, there have been several substantial finds dating as far back as 2,500 BCE, where an indigo dyed garment was found in Egypt. By about 1,000 BCE, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans were utilizing natural dyes from shellfish and madder root. A significant Roman Scholar, Pliny the Elder, is known for his early recordings of natural dyeing and descriptions of mordants around the first...

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