History of dyestuffs

History of dyestuffs

Have you ever wondered where and when purple dyes were invented or how it came about? What about fushia? Or have you ever tried to dye a good solid black?

Colorantshistory.org has published a History of the International Dyestuff Industry. This is a comprehensive article which is well worth reading and keeping as a reference.

While on the site you may wish to browse the memorabilia associated with dyes and the vintage advertising.

Thanks for the link goes to Layers of Meaning


  1. Carol I use procion dyes and simply follow the directions – and have always been happy with the results. I use procion dyes for threads and silk ribbons too. I simply mix up the dyes and away I go.

  2. Sharon, can you give some information about how you go about dying the laces that you use? My mother-in-law has given me lots and lots of old laces and trims but they are all in white and off white. I’ve admired all of your beautifully colored laces and wonder how you go about dying them. Thanks so much for the blog and wonderful inspiration!


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