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We have been digging into the rich history of dyeing processes.
THE CRAFT OF DYEING
Image source: Mary Katrantzou 
27 March 2015

Having started research on a new project in Holborn, we soon discovered how the natural dyeing industry has been associated with this area of London since the 16th century, when the textile industry boomed. This was due to the importation of foreign dyes. There was a range of particularly expensive dyes being traded in the area: rich and vibrant blues such as woad and indigo, tyrian purple and a range of deep crimson red colours.

Tyrian purple was a dye which held a long association with royalty.

The process of producing such dyes was often long and expensive, requiring true craftsmanship, experience and dedication. Dyers in the past had to skilfully use senses such as smell, sight and touch in order to create the perfect wool dye.