Mineral Dyes

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Mineral dyes come from ocher (yellow, brown, red), limestone or lime (white), manganese (black), cinnabar and lead oxide (red), azurite and lapis lazuli (blue), and malachite (green).

Antique Quilt Dating
Some mineral dyes such as Prussian blue, manganese bronze, chrome yellow, antimony orange, iron buff pigments were fixed to cotton with the use of egg albumen or blood. Also wheat gluten or milk lactarine were used. Heat and acid were also needed to make them colorfast.

Madder Minerals and Indigo
The use of minerals in dyeing and mordanting.

More About Natural Dyes:

Natural Dyes
Alum Mordant

Natural Dye Books

The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use
Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Craft of the Dyer: Colour from Plants and Lichens
A Dyer's Garden
The Chemistry of Natural Dyes (Palette of Color Series)
Natural Dyestuffs and Industrial Culture in Europe, 1750-1880 (European Studies in Science History and the Arts, 2)
Colour Cauldron
Mushrooms for Color
The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer's Field Guide
Complete Natural Dyeing Guide


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