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Medieval Dyes and Dyeing | The Bayeux Tapestry

Medieval Dyes and Dyeing

Galium tinctoirum-Stiff Marsh Bedstraw (Wild Madder)

Galium tinctoirum-Stiff Marsh Bedstraw (Wild Madder)

Spring in the dye garden

Spring in the dye garden

Japanese Indigo in 2013, because I just can't face another year with *one* woad plant...

Japanese Indigo in because I just can't face another year with *one* woad plant.

Bedstraw. Use the roots to make shades from peach to orange. Madder family.

Fragrant Bedstraw Galium triflorum /Madder Family This plant was once dried and used as mattress stuffing. It becomes more fragrant when it is dried. The tiny white flowers are in groups of I found these in Oak Ridge .

Tibetans use the liquor from boiled rhubarb leaves as natural mordant that works best with animal fibres.    Apparently, a pound of rhubarb leaves can mordant several pounds of fibre. Make sure you boil the leaves in a well-ventilated area, as the fumes can cause problems, and note that rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, which is a poison, and should not be eaten.

Rhubarb leaves as a mordant when using plant dyes - loads of info on dying naturally

When boiled with water, bamboo shoots produce a turkey red dye.

Make Your Own Organic Natural Red Fabric Dyes

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