Book: Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments: Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources


Greetings!  I noticed a forthcoming book I want to share with you all.  It’ll be available from / Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc. [].  It looks fascinating and quite unique:

Catalog Number: 131566
Title: Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments: Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources
Author: Kirby, Jo (et al)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781909492158
Description: London: Archetype, 2014. 28cm., pbk., 112pp., 70 color illus. Summary: This handbook provides the basic principles and processes of dying and lake pigment making (using the term ‘lake pigment’ in its original, historical, sense indicating a naturally occurring dye precipitated onto a conventional usually white substrate, frequently a form of hydrated alumina). The wide range of natural colorants and their plant and animal sources are outlined as is the basic chemistry of the dyes and mordants.. A large part of this book is devoted to practical dyeing recipes that were developed following a study of some of the historical recipes. Their common features were then drawn together to enable readers to make their own lake pigments or dye their own textiles using dyes from naturally occurring raw materials in a simple way – under relatively controlled conditions and using recipes optimised for easy use in the laboratory or indeed the classroom. The reader can try modifying the conditions or the amount of raw material, for example, to obtain different results. Suggestions for simple modifications are given


Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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